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.

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.
July 02, 2009

Gone With the Wind?

Scarlett O’Hara famously declared: “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” How right she was – and when it comes to IHT, death and taxes come together. IHT isn’t just inconvenient, it’s downright indefensible.
June 04, 2009

PAYE for the Self Employed

In my post the other day I got my own self assessment statement of account which for once showed that my account was in credit! It was enough to buy a packet of crisps as long as I avoid the designer varieties but never the less such an occurrence is cause for celebration.
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