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Archive for June 2011

Balancing charity giving with bequests

One of the “surprises” of the 2011 Budget was the announcement that the Government intended to reward those who leave money to charity after their death. Effectively the Inheritance Tax Charitable Relief scheme allowed those leaving 10% of their estate to charity would receive tax relief of the equivalent amount. The consultation process aimed at…

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What price larger homes

The head of communications at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has recently admitted that at the moment the trend for building new homes has moved towards larger properties. Commentating on the current state of the house build market Steve Turner went on to say that “Builders will obviously build what they can sell. People that…

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Calculating an Inheritance

The recent HMRC investigations into small business tax, including that of plumbers and restaurants, have received fairly wide publicity. However, according to accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, there is another area which HMRC have been quietly spotlighting over the past year and that is inheritance tax. Over the course of 2010 HMRC investigated 9,368 inheritance…

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Hope for UK Commercial Property

The CB Richard Ellis monthly index of commercial property returns continues to bring hope of recovery within the sector. Overall the sector posted growth of 0.7% in May, capitalising on the 0.6% growth seen in April. Across the UK the picture is mixed. Within the capital returns for office accommodation rose by 1% against a…

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Government releases housing land

The Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has today announced ambitious plans for Government and Council held land to be released for housing. With the aim of kick starting the house building industry and creating up to 25,000 jobs, the hope is to build 100,000 new homes on this land by 2015. Every Government department with significant…

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