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Cash-based Lifetime ISA enters the market

The first cash-based Lifetime ISA recently entered the market, allowing adults under the age of 40 to put aside cash sums in order to save for their first home or their future retirement. The Lifetime ISA was first introduced in April, but initially only share-based investments were available.… read more


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Businesses urged to protect against cyber-attacks

In light of recent cyber ransomware attacks, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on UK firms to take ’urgent steps‘ to protect themselves. The group has advised businesses to put cyber protection insurance in place, as well as checking for updates to their computer operating systems… read more


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Contactless card fraud on the rise

Figures published by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) have revealed a significant rise in the amount of money being stolen from contactless bank cards and mobile devices. Contactless spending rose from £7.75 billion in 2015 to £25.2 billion in 2016. The data revealed that nearly £7 million… read more


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Record numbers attend annual city charity conference

A RECORD 165 delegates attended Rawlinsons’ increasingly popular annual charity conference at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough. The full-day event – now in its seventh year – has continued to grow in popularity, and one delegate commented that this is “a really important event for Peterborough”. Charities… read more


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Rawlinsons team roll up their sleeves for local charities

Members of the Rawlinsons team rolled up their sleeves to volunteer in four local organisations as part of a special charity week. Just over 40 staff took a paid day out of the office to help local charities as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to community volunteering. A… read more


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Insurance Premium Tax on the rise

As announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement and confirmed in the 2017 Spring Budget, the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is set to rise from 10% to 12% with effect from 1 June 2017. The latest increase means that the rate of IPT will have doubled… read more


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Salary sacrifice scheme advantages removed

Effective from April, the tax and employer national insurance advantages of many salary sacrifice schemes have been removed. Employees swapping salary for benefits are now required to pay the same tax as individuals who buy them out of their post-tax income. Certain benefits are, however, exempt from the… read more


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Bank cheques ‘to clear in a day’

New technology set to be introduced later this year will allow cheques paid into bank accounts to be cleared within one working day. The Cheque and Credit Clearing Company – the organisation that manages the cheque-clearing system – has suggested that a new image clearing system will ‘revolutionise… read more


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New Tax-Free Childcare scheme introduced

The government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme is currently being rolled out, starting with parents of the youngest children. The scheme, which is intended to help parents with the cost of childcare, is worth a maximum of £2,000 per child (£4,000 for a disabled child). Tax relief of up… read more


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New rules on inheritance tax take effect

From 6 April 2017, a new Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) for inheritance tax (IHT) has been introduced. The band enables a ‘family home’ to be passed wholly or partially tax-free on death to direct descendants, such as children or grandchildren. The RNRB is in addition to an individual’s… read more