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Top tips when it comes to completing your self-assessment tax return

The majority of the working population have their tax deducted at source from the company that they work for, however, anyone that is self-employed has to complete a self-assessment tax return in order to be taxed appropriately on their earnings by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 

Article by: James Foster | Published: 2 February 2019

The building blocks of an effective financial wellbeing strategy 

A big part of the solution is helping employees become more familiar with the basics of money management. Getting them to think about how they spend money on everyday items such as utility bills and insurance is essential.

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 10 January 2019

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Financial problems at work – the hidden epidemic

The impact of financial problems on workplace wellness is a “hidden epidemic” with serious risks for employers from lost productivity and relationships with customers, MetLife’s Rethinking Employee Financial Wellbeing Symposium was told. Contributor Adrian Matthews, Employee Benefits Director -  MetLife UK.

Article by: Adrian Matthews | Published: 26 November 2018

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Autumn Budget comments roundup

“There’s no doubt that office-to-residential conversions have had a positive impact on the number of new homes being built so any simplification of this process is to be welcomed. Empty commercial deadwood is helping to regenerate local neighbourhoods around the UK and it’s a trend that needs to continue."

Article by: Various | Published: 30 October 2018

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Europe – Remove the right to opt-out

It is clear that governments across Europe are looking to address concerns over the lack of retirement readiness of the working population. The concern is well founded with projections[1] showing an ageing population where the ratio of the working age population (those aged 15-64) to the retired population (those aged over 65) is expected to drop from 4:1 to 2:1 by 2060. Contributor Mark Sullivan, Head of International Benefits Consulting.

Article by: Mark Sullivan, Fidelity Investments - Head of International Benefits Consulting | Published: 10 October 2018

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Can Cryptocurrencies ever be tamed?

In September, the UK Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee published a unanimously-agreed report on crypto-assets for its Digital Currencies inquiry. The report concluded that “the UK Government and financial services regulators appear to be deciding whether they will allow the current ‘wild west’ situation to continue, or whether they are going to introduce regulation.

Article by: Michael Mainelli | Published: 28 September 2018

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Shadow Chancellor proposes employee ownership

John McDonnell’s proposed to compel large companies to move towards 10 percent employee ownership, but CBI says it will reduce productivity. It is surprising that the CBI's immediate reaction to Labour’s employee ownership plan is that it is a “diktat” or an imposition and will reduce productivity not increase it.

Article by: Chris Blundell | Published: 27 September 2018

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The perils of breaching the Lifetime Allowance

The tax collected from individuals breaching the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) has rocketed by £100m since it was introduced in 2006, with the latest figures showing that £110m in tax was collected from individuals exceeding the allowance during 2016/17, compared with less than £10m in 2006/7 when the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) was introduced.

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 26 August 2018

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EU – Ageing population and the challenge for Multinationals

Data from the World Bank shows that the number of people who are retirement eligible will increase significantly over the next 30 years. Specifically the number of people in the EU over the age of 65 will increase from 98 million in 2015 to 150 million in 2050.

Article by: Mark Sullivan | Published: 22 August 2018

The wheel of misfortune
Print – Issue 166 | Article of the Week

Once capitalism only creates a permanent-debt-serf class and a technocrat, financier, entrepreneur and speculator class that harvests over 70 percent of the wealth and income, then democracy dies by the slow poison of rising inequality and the ever-greater collusion of wealth and political power.

Article by: David Scott | Published: 22 August 2018