This edition focuses on:
- The inclusion of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s),
- Pension age changes,
- Plans to increase the main Corporation Tax Rate.
This edition focuses on:
It was good to have confirmed yesterday (10th), that as of Monday 17th May, restrictions will be eased in various ways, some of which will have an impact on how businesses can operate.
We are now in a position to welcome clients to make appointments to see their Adviser, either at home or in our offices. However, due to the 1 metre social distancing restrictions still in place, we can only have one client meeting at a time (of one or two people) in the office using the dividing screen.
Advisers will need to ensure that no other client meetings are intended to be held at the time same time. We appreciate your understanding if an appointment needs to be re-scheduled.
If you would still prefer to contact your Adviser by telephone or video meeting, this is of course still available.
We hope that you are keeping safe and well.
The MJB Team
As you are no doubt aware, restrictions will be easing from Monday 12th April 2021 and businesses can open.
We are now permitted to see clients, where necessary, either in their homes or in the office, provided that Covid precautions are taken.
Advisers are still often working from home and the preferred method of client contact is telephone or video meetings.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your Adviser by email or call the office.
We hope that you are managing to stay safe and well.
We are pleased to share with you our summary of the key announcements made in the Budget on Wednesday 3rd March. The structure of this Budget, like its predecessor, was driven by the pandemic’s impact on the economy. With some form of lockdown continuing over the next few months, Mr Sunak extended the main employment support schemes through to 30th September and added further grants and loans to assist struggling businesses.
The total cost of his pandemic measures in this tax year and the next are now projected to be greater than the amount that will be raised in income tax over the same period. How the government can claw back that expenditure, while rebuilding the economy, formed the focus of the Chancellor’s speech.
Some of the other highlights were:
For further details please click on the following link to: Technical Connections Budget Analysis – Spring 2021
Since the second national lockdown began on 6th January 2021, we have had to employ stricter measures within the office.
We will not be holding any face-to-face meetings within the office and I think it ‘goes without saying’ that advisers will not be meeting with any clients in their homes or gardens. All meetings need to be via telephone or video call and although we can of course receive and post mail, correspondence by email is preferable and faster.
Although we are classed as offering ‘essential financial services’ and are permitted to come to work, many of us are working mainly from home. Please be assured that the office is still open and phone calls will be picked up as there is usually someone in the office during office hours.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Following the announcements made by the government on the 22 September, we have had to revert back to our previous working conditions as per our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update posted on the 22nd June 2020.
Despite the office being open for business, Advisers and ‘at risk’ staff members will be working from home where possible.
Please be assured that your emails will still be received and there will be someone here to answer the telephone during normal office opening hours.
We had begun to hold a few client meetings in the office using protective equipment and implementing social distancing measures. Meetings held in this manner, will only be where absolutely necessary and we would be grateful if you could continue to contact us on a non face-to-face basis, for everyone’s safety. On entering the office a Covid-19 Health Questionnaire will need to be completed for ‘track and trace’ purposes.
Thank you for your understanding in this regard and we hope you are all staying safe well.
All the Staff at MJB
Now that the restrictions have eased, the office is open more or less as normal. Staff and Advisers are still working from home some of the time, but most of us are using the office on a more regular basis.
Client reviews are still being conducted by telephone or video link where possible, and if you would prefer to keep in contact with us by this means for the foreseeable future, please feel free to do so.
If, however, you would particularly like to meet with an Adviser in person, we are in a position to hold meetings in the office. We have purchased the required protective equipment, as set out in the government guidance.
When you arrive there is a bell to ring on the outer door and hand washing facilities on the ground and first floor. When you enter the office there is hand sanitiser and a Covid-19 Visitor /Client Health Questionnaire to complete so that we can contact you for ‘track and trace’ purposes, should we need to.
We hope that you have managed to keep well during this pandemic and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have queries regarding the above.
The chancellor has announced a temporary holiday on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland.
The tax threshold has been temporarily raised until March 2021 to boost the property market and help buyers struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.
The changes came into effect from 8 July 2020.
Residential Rates on purchases from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021
If you purchase a residential property between 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, you only start to pay SDLT on the amount that you pay for the property above £500,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before.
You can use the table to work out the SDLT due:
|Property or lease premium or transfer value||SDLT rate|
|Up to £500,000||Zero|
|The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000)||5%|
|The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)||10%|
|The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)||12%|
From 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 the special rules for first time buyers are replaced by the reduced rates set out above.
Higher rates for additional properties
The 3% higher rate for purchases of additional dwellings applies on top of revised standard rates above for the period 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
The following rates apply:
|Property or lease premium or transfer value||SDLT rate|
|Up to £500,000||3%|
|The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000)||8%|
|The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)||13%|
|The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)||15%|
Firstly, we hope that you have managed to stay safe and well and are coping through these strange and unprecedented times. MJB staff are fit and well at the moment and those that were only working from home are now making an appearance at the office on a limited basis, while still implementing the 2 metre rule.
We have made the decision not to have face-to-face appointments with clients in the office yet. However, if it is imperative that you meet with an Adviser, there may be the possibility of having a discussion in your garden, while still adhering to social distancing measures. This, however, remains completely at the discretion of each Adviser and if you can endeavour to correspond by phone, email or video call, this is still preferable.
We been very busy throughout this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
All the MJB Staff
In light of the government announcement made yesterday (23 March), we have made the decision to stop all appointments with clients in the office.
Advisers will no longer be able to visit your home. All corresponding will need to be carried out by email, telephone or via the post.
As our company is defined as ‘essential financial services’, one or two members of staff may be present in the office during some of our normal opening hours.
If you are dropping documents off at the office please use the letter box and do not enter reception, for your protection and ours.
The member of staff on duty will be able to contact your adviser, who will be working from home until further notice. The best method for clients to contact us is via email. If you do not have your adviser’s email address please use firstname.lastname@example.org which will be regularly monitored.
We will endeavour to keep you informed by updating our site with any further developments.
Best wishes to you all. Try and stay safe and well,
All the staff at MJB