Martin’s Memo

Tax Year End 2019/20

The end of any tax year sparks a flurry of activity in the financial services industry and Conçerva is no different. As we close in on 5th April this activity will increase and so we would recommend that any action is taken in good time to avoid any potential issues.

ISA allowances not utilised by 5th April 2020 will be permanently lost and the potential to place £20,000 (or £4,368 for Junior ISAs) into this tax efficient investment will be gone. Similarly, if you fail to take advantage of your Annual Exemption for Capital Gains Tax purposes this opportunity will be forfeited. It is possible to realise gains up to £12,000 without incurring a tax charge.

In addition to utilising the above allowances, we recommend maximising contributions into your pension prior to 5th April 2020 if you have the means to do so. The current maximum that an individual can pay into a pension is £40,000 gross, dependent on their relevant income, but if you have income over £150,000 this will begin to reduce. This is a technical area and if this is relevant to you please contact your Conçerva adviser for further information on this point.

As part of our ongoing service Conçerva aims to ensure that you do not miss the chance to benefit from these opportunities and if you are unsure about whether or not you have utilised any of these allowances please do let us know and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Martin Kettle

Staff Matters

  • This month Luke Kearslake, attended the Swim North West Masters Championships in Blackpool. He managed to medal in four events, taking home three golds and a bronze, and hopefully this will set him in good stead as he builds towards hopefully competing at the National Championships.
  • Continuing the sporting theme, Chris Gregory’s latest rugby league season has started in earnest with a number of preseason fixtures having been played since the start of February. We look forward to seeing if he can avoid the bruises and black eyes a bit more successfully this year…

Statistical Information

Last Month This Month Change
CPI 1.3% 1.8% +0.5%
RPI 2.2% 2.7% +0.5%

UK Consumer Price Inflation

December 2019 January 2020 Change
Base Rate 0.75% 0.75% +0.00%

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