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Support for thousands of pubs

More than 38,000 pubs will benefit from the six-month freeze on alcohol duty from 1 February 2024. According to HM Treasury:

  • The great British pub receives further boost from I February as a six-month alcohol duty freeze to 1 August 2024 takes effect.
  • This tax saving will help support around 38,175 pubs to face rising costs.
  • Duty freeze comes in addition to £4.3 billion in business rates cuts and duty protection for pints sold in pubs.

“British pubs are a significant part of the fabric of communities across the UK and a further freeze on alcohol duty will help to support the sector while the government continues to bring down inflation while driving growth and investment.

“This will impact around...

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Keep an eye on your income for 2023-24

As you are probably aware the 2023-24 tax year ends on 5 April 2024. After this date, most of the opportunities to arrange your tax affairs in the most advantageous way end and action to reduce your tax payments must be taken before this date.

Accordingly, we have less than two months to get organised.

We have listed below a few of the trigger points that you need to keep your eye on to maximise the use of legitimate tax allowances and reliefs and keep your tax footprint for 2023-24 to a minimum.

  • If you or your partner have claimed Child Benefits and either of your income’s are likely to exceed £50,000 this tax year, you may become...
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Powers of Attorney Act receives Royal Assent

Reforms to simplify and streamline lasting powers of attorney are given Royal Assent.

These legal agreements enable a person to grant decision making powers about their care, treatment or financial affairs to another person if they lose mental capacity.

The Powers of Attorney Act fires the starting gun on bringing the existing paper-based process online for the first time. The changes, when introduced, will make the system quicker, easier to access and more secure for the thousands of people who make and rely on a lasting power of attorney every year.

The legislation, which was introduced by Stephen Metcalfe MP and supported by the government, will also strengthen existing fraud protection by allowing checks on the identity of...

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State Pension entitlement if you retire abroad

You can claim State Pension abroad if you have paid enough UK National Insurance contributions to qualify.

To make a claim you must be within four months of your State Pension age.

You must choose which country you want your pension to be paid in. You cannot be paid in one country for part of the year and another for the rest of the year.

Your State Pension can be paid into:

  • a bank in the country you’re living in
  • a bank or building society in the UK

 

You can use:

  • an account in your name
  • a joint account
  • someone else’s account – if you have their permission and keep to the terms and conditions of the account

 

You will need the international bank account...

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