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  • UK government to toughen stance against online VAT fraud

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    The government’s Public Accounts Committee criticised HMRC last month for their undue cautiousness in pursuing ‘fraudsters’ who fail to pay VAT when selling goods online. Whilst major online marketplace sites Amazon and eBay have said they are working together with HMRC to tackle the issue, the companies are also currently raking in extra profit, w...
  • Millennials leading the way in saving for retirement

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    Recent data suggests that younger generations are on track to save more than their parents and grandparents, despite their earnings on average being considerably lower. Part of the reason for this is time: simply put, young people have more years ahead of them than older generations until they retire, meaning that any money they put away now has mo...
  • Power of Attorney – the case for and against

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    Setting up a trusted family member or friend with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) ensures that someone else is able to make important decisions for you when you’re no longer in a position to be able to make them for yourself. But this in itself is always going to be a key decision in your life, so it’s important to consider the benefits and risks...
  • Unique solution for your international travelling work force for 2018!

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    Providing a suitable solution for both local and international health coverage for your international workforce in the Netherlands can be challenging. Where international Health cover might seem sufficient, the local requirements for your workforce in the Netherlands might require additional local coverage. Anyone living and working in the Netherla...
  • 4 top tips to make your retirement savings last

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    When it comes to saving for when you retire, at the very least you want to ensure that you’re going to have enough to pay for your living costs for the rest of your life. However, what you probably want to be aiming for is a nest egg which allows you to truly enjoy your life after work and do all the things you’ve planned for as you’ve saved. Some...
  • How to track down a ‘zombie’ Child Trust Fund

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    Launched by the Labour government in 2005, Child Trust Funds (CTFs) were given to every child born on or after 1st September 2002 until just over nine years later at the start of 2011. CTFs were then replaced by Junior ISAs (JISAs) at the start of the austerity period. However, recent research has revealed that around 900,000 CTFs have since become...
  • Germany – News on Employee Benefits

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    Readers’ of Alexander Beard News already had been informed recently that Germany has launched a new law to stabilize Employee Benefits and to encourage SME’s to implement new schemes. The “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” BRSG. One of the main pillars of the BRSG is the introduction of defined contribution schemes in Germany for the first time, if th...
  • Half of Britons expect young to be worse off than parents

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    A recent survey by the think tank, the Resolution Foundation, has found that almost half (48%) of respondents expected people born between 1981 and 2000, categorised as millennials, to have a standard of life worse than their parents due to economic concerns. In contrast, only 23% believed that millennials could expect their standard of life to be...
  • Too late to start saving?

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    Not beginning to save towards your retirement until you reach your fifties would not so long ago have been considered leaving matters far too late to put anything meaningful away for your life after work. Previous generations saw building a pension as something to do over an entire career, with contributions throughout your working life coupled wit...
  • Three lessons about retirement from those who have already retired

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    Retirement is undoubtedly the section of your life which receives the largest amount of planning for most people, with much of your working life spent ensuring you can live where and how you want once you’ve retired. However, as with all plans, there are always going to be aspects of your retirement which don’t end up quite how you’d expected, and...