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Estate Planning / IHT

Friend & Grant Chartered Accountants have been helping small and medium sized businesses in the Medway towns and North Kent for over 20 years

18th October 2021
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Is a family investment company tax efficient?

When your loved ones are seriously ill understandably the last thing you want to think about is anything to do with finances. However it is worthwhile knowing that in cases where a spouse or civil partner is terminally ill there could be an opportunity to save large amounts of tax by passing property in a tax efficient manner.

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15th October 2021
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Death Bed Tax Planning – is it worthwhile?

When your loved ones are seriously ill understandably the last thing you want to think about is anything to do with finances. However it is worthwhile knowing that in cases where a spouse or civil partner is terminally ill there could be an opportunity to save large amounts of tax by passing property in a tax efficient manner.

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23rd June 2021
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What is an executor?

We do wonder sometimes if the people being appointed as executors actually know what they’re signing up for, so we thought it might be useful to summarise an executor’s duties – both for those who are currently writing their wills and for those who are asked to take on the role.

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27th April 2021
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How to Avoid Inheritance Tax on Property

Paying tax is an unfortunate fact of life, but it certainly seems like an unfair one when it comes to Inheritance Tax. After all, we’ve spent our lives paying taxes and have probably already paid them on the value of our estate, so why pay again?

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20th April 2021
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Wealth creation - The importance of a strong defence! (Part 2)

This is the second in a two part series of blogs on wealth creation. In the first blog I looked at how wealth is perceived in society and how you can measure your own wealth. In this blog I will share with you my top ten tips on how to create and maintain your own wealth.

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13th April 2021
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Wealth creation - The importance of a strong defence! (Part 1)

This is the first of a two part series of blogs on the topic of wealth creation. In this first blog I will be looking at how wealth is perceived in society and how you can measure your own wealth.

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20th November 2020
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How long will it take for Probate to come through?

Probate is often needed to get access to the deceased’s assets and it can be a slow and painful process. We examine when it is necessary and how long each part of the task may take.

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4th November 2019
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Top Ten Ways to Save Inheritance Tax

No-one likes paying tax, but it’s a fact of life. But when it comes to inheritance tax, it seems doubly unfair. After all you’ve probably already been taxed on a lot of the value in your estate, why should you pay tax again? Well we’re committed to reducing the inheritance tax burden of our clients,...

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20th October 2019
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Should I Put My Buy To Let into a Limited Company?

We're often asked whether to purchase a buy to let property personally or via a limited company. Read our detailed advice to help you understand the up-and down-sides of each option. Everyone’s circumstances are different; the pros and cons must be weighed up on a case by case basis.

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6th September 2019
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Planning for Changes to Taxation of Landlords

HMRC really seem to have had it in for landlords in recent years. For some it will be worthwhile to restructure their affairs in order to minimise the impact of recent legislation changes.

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3rd July 2019
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Offshore Funds Taxation

Friend & Grant have experience tackling the taxation challenges of a variety of foreign savings, investment, & retirement products, such as offshore funds; we can help advise you on what income needs to be reported, the available allowances, and can help formulate a tax-efficient repatriation plan.

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8th February 2019
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Estate Planning for Your Parents

You don’t have to be a client to access our Estate Planning for Your Parents service. Our clients agree that this type of forward planning is very tax efficient and helps them to understand the estate that they may have to administer when their parents die.

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22nd November 2018
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Probate Fees on the Increase - What Can Be Done?

You may have spotted in the press that the government has announced that probate fees will be changing from April 2019. You may recall there were similar, but even more drastic, proposals a couple of years ago but they were shelved when the snap election was announced in spring 2017.

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22nd October 2018
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Residence Nil Rate Band - Don't Waste This Valuable Tax Relief

From April 2017 HMRC began phasing in the ‘residence nil rate band’ which could mean large savings on inheritance tax bills for future generations. From 6 April 2020 it’s worth £70,000 per estate – so a whopping £140,000 of tax ready to be saved per couple. However, there are potential stumbling blocks as with most...

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