Build up your funds for future generations

Chris Harland considers how life insurance can become an investment. For a number of years, we have had the option of using what are called “Whole of Life” insurance policies to help to fund potential inheritance tax (IHT) liabilities. Put read more >

Summer Newsletter

Please click here to access your copy of our summer newsletter. Our lead article provides a planning perspective to the proposed reduction in the Dividend Allowance from April 2018. Investors with quoted shareholdings can take some action now to reduce the read more >

Gold and Silver for the Hoy’s at the Velodrome

Our latest marketing event saw Barlow Andrews partners join clients and contacts in a visit to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for a 2-hour group taster session. After donning the Lycra our group of 16 cyclists were put through read more >

A streamlined new system for employee benefits

Jen Lawton explains how the world of taxable benefits has changed since April 2016. As an accountant, one of my many jobs is to prepare P11D forms on behalf of my clients. It’s the way in which we inform HMRC read more >

Could your generosity end up costing you?

If you’ve given some money or household items to a charity recently, the chances are you’ve been asked whether you’d like to ‘Gift Aid’ your donation. The representative of the charity will have told you that this claim increases your read more >

Is the snap election a taxation godsend?

The Government has rushed through the Finance Bill 2017 with only four hours of debate, due to the decision to hold a General Election.  How has the limited timeframe affected the legislation? Emma Woods highlights some of the provisions that read more >

Businesses prepare for tightening of data rules

Next year’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25th May 2018, is causing quite a lot of angst among IT professionals, marketers and other business people. And the UK’s exit from the EU isn’t necessarily going read more >

Tougher penalties for tax avoiders

In the 2016 Budget, the then Chancellor, George Osborne, signalled an intention to introduce harsher penalties for those who take part in tax avoidance schemes. As part of this the Government confirmed that clarification would be given on the definition read more >


Whatever the level of your tax liability, there are simple ways you can minimise the pain. Here are 10 suggestions from Paul Burton for making your next bill slightly more manageable. Check your tax code each year. Your tax code is read more >

Have you DONE enough to get a full state pension? 

Jen Lawton does the sums. We all joke that by the time we reach retirement age, the state pension won’t be worth having. But let’s not give up on it just yet.  I’m still looking forward to getting my own read more >