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Stephen McPhillips: Mixed-use properties in SIPP or SSAS

Stephen McPhillips assesses if mixed-use property can be bought through self-invested pension schemes

Gareth James: Regrets, I’ve had a few…..

Gareth James reflects on the difference between regret and disappointment and warns drawdown investment pathways could be an experiment the FCA comes to regret...

Laura Suter: The effects of the stamp duty holiday

The big news for most people from the mini-Budget wasn’t that they can get £10 off their Monday burger and chips, writes Laura Suter, but instead that they can save thousands if they move house. Here, she explores what effects the temporary stamp duty cut could have on buyers and the wider housing market.

Pensions tax relief reform options ‘too complicated’

The options for overhauling pensions tax relief outlined in the government’s call for evidence earlier this week may still be too complex to be workable, according to pension experts.

Treasury opens pensions tax relief admin consultation and admits past failings

The government has admitted it has never provided a “straightforward and proportionate” solution to the challenges in the current pensions tax relief system in an official call for evidence on the topic.

Streamlined Pensions Ombudsman process resolves 95% of cases before determination stage

Almost all (95%) investigations presented to The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) were completed without needing a determination, following changes to simplify the complaints process.

Michael Ambery: Govt’s Covid-19 response is missed opportunity to revisit auto-enrolment

Michael Ambery argues that AE faces a potential key fork in its journey, with the government missing a prime opportunity with its coronavirus Kick Start Scheme, and employers need to step up instead.

Ombudsman warns MPs over Covid-19 scams ‘inundation’

Pensions Ombudsman Anthony Arter has raised concerns about the increase in pension scam activity during the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual meeting with the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC).

Neil MacGillivray: The Chancellor who keeps on giving, for now

Earlier this week, Neil MacGillivray took a view on what taxes may be implemented to subsidise the government's recent surge in Covid-19 spending but, after Wednesday's summer economic update from the Chancellor, the tax expert says Rishi Sunak is still all "give, give, give"...

Sunak unveils employer return-to-work furlough bonus

Bosses who bring back furloughed staff and keep them on the payroll until January next year will get a bonus of £1,000 per employee, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.

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