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How To Avoid Capital Gains Tax in 2013/2014 Paperback – 27 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: WPR Tax Publishing (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957602480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957602489
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lee is a rarity among tax advisers having both legal and chartered accountancy qualifications. After qualifying as a prize winner in the Institute of Chartered Accountants entrance exams, he went on to become a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and worked for Ernst & Young for several years. Lee is the author of several popular tax guides such as Non-Resident & Offshore Tax Planning and Tax Planning for Company Owners.


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I loved the cover of this book - the gun pointing at the piggy bank symbolises the real threat capital gains tax can be to your savings, unless of course, you know how to make the system work for you. It's important to remember that the law on taxation is there to protect the country against tax abuse, but this guide is all about how to make sure the rules governing how much tax you should pay are used to ensure you pay as little as legally possible.

And this is not just tax avoidance; after all, who wants to give up their hard earned cash to the Inland Revenue if it can possibly be avoided? This book explains in great detail how to minimise your liability. Lee Hadnum, an experienced legal and chartered accountant explains how to go about just that. Starting with a discussion about the main exemptions, he then goes on in more detail to cover such topics as moving abroad, annual exemptions, and even offshore trusts. I think it would be difficult to find another reference source so well written and so straightforward to understand. CGT is a complex topic, but Hadnum takes the sting out of understanding the detail. The actual calculation of liability is easy enough to make, but the allowances and possible exemptions are numerous, and whilst there's probably no substitute for good professional advice for each individual case, knowing a bit about the law never does any harm.
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I recently sold a house, and discovered that I'm liable to pay a substantial proportion of income from the sale as capital gains tax. I'm not overly wealthy, so I didn't hesitate to search for up-to-date, UK-centric information on how to ameliorate this problem. I've used Lee Hadnum's books before, so his catalogue on Amazon was my first port of call; as expected, the book I'm reviewing proved to be useful and complete.

Capital gains tax, like most taxes, is calculated according to a complex formula. It's based on disposal proceeds, acquisition cost, deductible expenses, entrepreneurs' relief and an annual exemption, all of which are separately explained by Lee Hadnum. Which parts of this calculus apply to a given person isn't obvious, but should become clear after reading the details in a book like this one. The main way in which the burden of capital gains tax can be avoided, so I discovered, is by maximising one's claims to relief, and I've put this advice into practice. It's going to save me a lot more than the price of the book.
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This is perhaps the definitive guide to minimising capital gains tax. Furthermore, since this book is about UK tax law in 2013/2014, as of now the reader needn't worry about recent changes to tax law, which happen frequently and tend to make books like this obsolete after a few years.

If you've recently sold an asset, such as property or shares, capital gains tax is going to be a major concern. It's important to pay legally mandated taxes, of course, but within the letter of the law there's a lot of leeway to make use of good tax advice. In particular, one can creatively manage one's finances in order to obtain all of the available reliefs. The reliefs tend not to be obvious or self-explanatory. I had already read about Entrepreneurs' Relief before I picked up this book, but not Gift Relief, EIS Relief or Rollover Relief. Now, not only do I understand the technical details of these forms of relief, but I know how to maximise my advantages within the law.

Apart from dealing with reliefs, there are abstruse techniques such as 'bed and spousing' that make it possible to maximise the capital gains tax exemption, which is worth up to several thousand pounds per annum.

Lee Hadnum's book is great: just the right length, very detailed, and clearly explained. I would recommend it to anyone who has to deal with a heavy capital gains tax.
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Undoubtedly unless you're in the field of accounting or financing, dealing with taxes is often at best arduous and at worst mind numbing, but the reality remains that in the world of today even the average person needs a basic grasp of the fundamentals of tax evaluation if they wish to avoid nasty tax-related surprises somewhere down the line.

In this outstanding book author Lee Hadnum in an easy-to-follow manner as well as step-by-step approach clearly illustrates how the average individual can equally benefit from tax reliefs and exemptions previously considered to be the sole province of the rich and well-to-do. Hadnum subtracts the mysteries surrounding the various relief packages involved in Capital Gains Tax such as: Entrepreneurs Relief; Rollover Relief; Gift relief; and EIS Relief. By so doing the author imparts invaluable knowledge to the reader on how best to maximise their claims to relief and thus ultimately minimise their tax liability and exposure.

Lee Hadnum has written an excellent guide that manages to simplify and clarify a somewhat complex and arguably boring topic into a straightforward and often entertaining read that neither bogs down the reader in a quagmire of hard-to-comprehend detail or confusion from subject-matter related particulars only understood by people in the field.
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