Archive for February, 2009
Question: How much will my car tax be?
I have just got a new car, but cannot tax it until I get the insurance documents through.
Its a Y reg (Which I think is March 2001) 1.8 Ford Mondeo LX.
Is there any way of finding out how much that will cost? (Without having to wait a week to tax it!)
Answer: Depends on where you live in the UK you could check on the DVLA website.
Look at your logbook check the co2 emissions. I am taking a guess at around £170 for 12 months, but here is a list for you to look at.
121-150-£120, 151-165-£145, 166-185-£170, over that £210
Hope i was of some use.
Council tax payers deserve much better
Although we live Scotland we do expect certain standards of care. Our family live in a small town in Moray called Forres. Since Saturday, December 19, we have encountered normal winter weather ie snow, ice, black ice etc.
Car tax and it's hidden stealth tax.
The current downturn in the global economy has created an environment with an ever-increasing level of threats to all of us. These threats are often outside of your control and therefore, there is little or nothing that you can do to stop them affecting you. However, the degree to which these threats affect you can be limited by taking ownership over the factors that you can control.
First things first
The first thing that you can do is to act now and seek to protect yourself against the threat of redundancy. At present, there are policies available that can provide you with a replacement income in the event of involuntary unemployment. There are also products, such as mortgage repayment protection, that can cover your mortgage repayments in the event of redundancy. These products do not pay out indefinitely, but can help you to manage your way through a potential cash-flow crisis in the initial period after redundancy. Obviously, there is a cost involved in taking out one of these policies, so it is important to identify how this cost may affect your current cash-flow position. That said, this kind of protection can help you get through the initial stages of your redundancy and allow you the financial freedom to plan for the future. In turn, by limiting the immediate effects on your cash-flow, it can give you an opportunity to reassess your career path and may also allow you the opportunity to re-skill for an entirely new career.
If it's too late to protect yourself against the threat and you are faced with the reality of redundancy, you need to understand all of the implications this has on your personal economy so that you can adequately plan the road ahead. The tax treatment of redundancy payment is the first area that you need to manage and control. There are a number of reliefs available to you on a redundancy payment that can help reduce your tax liability. The relief option you choose is not always a straight-forward case of selecting the largest relief, as in some cases you may be waiving your rights to a tax-free lump sum from your pension on retirement. So although you may receive more now, you may be forfeiting a lot more in the future. Therefore, selecting the appropriate relief is vital and it is important that you take independent advice to ensure that the right decision is made.
There is also a further relief called 'Top Slice' relief that is available to you in the year of redundancy. Many people tend to overlook this relief due to that fact that you can only claim it at the end of the tax year. In many cases, by not claiming Top Slice relief people can miss out on substantial tax rebates. This is valuable money needed to help you financially following a redundancy and could be lost if you do not know how to claim it back. Taking control of your pension fund is the next area that must be looked at in the event of redundancy.
If you have been in pensionable employment for a number of years, it is likely that you have built up a substantial pension fund within the company pension scheme. This is a valuable part of your personal economy and it is therefore vital that you make the right decision in relation to this. The event of redundancy can often resulting an opportunity for you to take ownership and control of your pension fund. In certain circumstances, it is now possible to take ownership of the fund that you have built up within the company pension.
Ownership in this case does not simply mean giving you the ability to choose where your money is invested pre-retirement, but also involves the ownership of the money post-retirement. In a typical company pension scheme, owning the pension fund post-retirement is not possible as in most cases, you will be forced to buy an annuity or income for life. This involves giving away the fund that you have built to an insurance company who will pay you a certain amount for as long as you live. The key unknown in this equation is how long you are going to live. If, by taking ownership of the pension fund, you can keep control of the total value of the fund, you now open up new possibilities post-retirement. It also means that you no longer have to give away your fund to a third party, but can now control and manage your asset in retirement. By taking ownership of your pension fund, you now have the ability to bring another part of your personal economy under tighter control and possibly open up options that would not have previously been available to you.
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Deverell confirms Salford move
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Question: Does anyone know if an inheritance would be classed as taxable income?
I know someone whose parents died, leaving them a fairly large sum of money (around AU$60 000). Their ex-spouse is trying to claim a portion of it as child maintenance/support, but I was under the impression that it isn't classed as taxabe income as it is a "gift" and Child Support is supposed to be based upon taxable income...?. Does anyone know about this or had it happen to them?
Answer: Not quite sure how it works in AU, but in the US, inheritances and life insurance proceeds are completely non-taxable.
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City squeezing its way to a balanced budget
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Considerations for Senior Taxpayers
Question: Do Tax Returns come back on the weekends as well as week days?
.... Will tax returns hit your bank account on weekends?
Answer: The IRS releases REFUND on early Friday mornings. Some banks take couple of business days to post the amount.
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Question: Is the distribution of cash from an estate or trust taxable?
A decendants trust testamentary distribution is what is involved.
Answer: if you are a child or grandchild, then most if not all of the distribution to you will be tax exempt. Each state is different, but the fed limit is 2 million I believe.
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