Personal tax

Almost half of homeowners go close to overspending

Nearly half of homebuyers pushed their budgets to the limit when purchasing properties in the last 2 years.

Lending to first-time buyers hits 10-year high

First-time buyers received more loans this year than in any month of March since 2007.

Bank of Mum and Dad to lend £6.5bn in 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad is set to lend £6.5 billion in 2017, up from £5 billion in 2016.

Tax-free childcare now available

Working parents can now apply for the government's tax-free childcare scheme.

Property and trading allowances need more guidance

Clarity and guidance are needed on the new property and trading income allowances.

Bereavement support payment changes

Changes to payments to those suffering from the death of a spouse or civil partner have been introduced.

Personal tax changes

Here is an overview of some of the main changes for 2017/18 affecting personal finances.

Tax-free childcare to start in April

The government’s new tax-free childcare scheme will launch on 24 April 2017.

Over 55s risk missing out on family home allowance

Over 55s are at risk of missing out on the family home allowance for inheritance tax coming into force in April.

Self-employed NICs rise dropped

Plans to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed have been dropped.

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