BR Blog

We're all about communication at Barnes Roffe, especially when it comes to our clients and contacts: existing or potential. For this reason we have set up our 'Blog Spot'. To help you to get to know our team, recognise our motivations and more importantly feel confident in the strategies we promote.We post here regularly, to help give you the insight and understanding you need to take every market change in your stride.

November 13, 2009

Unusual Taxes

It’s not just this Government that is always looking for new things to tax. Throughout history, the Taxman has sought new ways to get money…and the diligent tax planner has sought ways to avoid them.
November 04, 2009

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

I confess to being a big Michael Jackson fan, but even if you are not, it would be difficult to miss various news articles about the late King of Pop and his latest movie-documentary-concert “This Is It”.
October 26, 2009

The (tax) Inspector Calls…

HMRC have had a good run of late. 300 banks have been ordered by the tax tribunal to disclose details of offshore accounts held by their UK resident clients. Last year, they obtained a similar ruling against the big 5 high street banks.
October 08, 2009

National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition | Come say hello…

Every year, we look forward to meeting top graduates at the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition in Olympia, London.
September 28, 2009

Tax Avoidance – The new morality

Even the Politician’s have given up any thought of defending their expenses and whenever challenged seem to resign (agree not to stand again!) and adopt a stony silence. The picture that comes most easily to mind is that of Del Boy in Only Fools & Horses saying “Maya Culpa Rodney Maya Culpa”.
September 23, 2009

“Taxpayers Charter”

In the mid 1980’s when I was first setting out in the profession there was a “tax payer charter” and it had some teeth.
September 22, 2009

Oh What a Wicked Web We Weave…

Entertaining though it was, I suspect that, as ever, Panorama’s exposé of the shady goings on at Lloyds TSB’s offshore arm in Jersey generated more heat than light.
September 10, 2009

Trust issues…

For married couples, the nil-rate band for inheritance tax was effectively doubled last year, meaning that IHT is only an issue when your combined assets are worth more than £650,000. But it’s surprising how quickly you can get over that amount.
August 20, 2009

What serious client crisis???

A team member came up to me today and asked if I knew anything about the “serious client crisis”.
August 18, 2009

The Wife Gets Everything…

A lot of people assume that if they die, their spouse will get everything. That isn’t how it works at all. If you’re a married man with a wife and kids, your wife will only get the first £250,000 of your estate. She’ll get a right to income only in half of the rest.
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