Small gifts that don’t create an Inheritance Tax liability

HM Revenue & Customs allows you to make a number of small gifts each year without creating an Inheritance Tax liability. Remember, each person has their own allowance, so the amount can be doubled if each spouse or registered civil partner uses their allowances. You can also make larger gifts, but these are known as ‘Potentially Exempt Transfers’ (PETs), and you could have to pay IHT on their value if you die within seven years of making them. Continue reading “Gifts”

Investment trusts

Investment trusts are based upon fixed amounts of capital divided into shares. This makes them closed ended, unlike the open-ended structure of unit trusts. They can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to invest in the stock market. Once the capital has been divided into shares, you can purchase the shares. When an investment trust sells shares, it is not taxed on any capital gains it has made. By contrast, private investors are subject to capital gains tax when they sell shares in their own portfolio. Continue reading “Investment trusts”

New Individual Savings Account (NISA)

The New Individual Savings Account (NISA) rules were introduced in July 2014 designed to help and encourage people to save more for their future and give savers and investors more flexibility and a larger tax-efficient allowance than ever before. This tax efficient ‘wrapper’ can hold investments such as unit trusts, other collectives such as OEIC’s, shares and cash. Continue reading “New Individual Savings Account (NISA)”

Pooled investments

If you require your money to provide the potential for capital growth or income, or a combination of both, and provided you are willing to accept an element of risk, pooled investments could just be the solution you are looking for. A pooled investment allows you to invest in a large, professionally managed portfolio of assets with many other investors. As a result of this, the risk is reduced due to the wider spread of investments in the portfolio. Continue reading “Pooled investments”