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Author Archive: Jamie Waddell

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An expat couple’s opinions on Spain’s ‘expat crisis’

Do expats in Spain really face the bleak and uncertain future that the press headlines imply? Jamie Waddell asks Andalusia-based British expat and author Victoria Twead what she makes of all the fuss.

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Guilty until proved innocent?

The Treasury plan to shift the burden of proof in tax evasion cases onto those with undeclared offshore assets. But are they being too heavy-handed? And will HMRC be able to cope with the extra workload?

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Budget 2014: HMRC gains new powers to tackle dodgy “pension liberators”

Faced with growing numbers of "pension liberators" duping people into transferring their pensions into fake "QROPS", HMRC has been given new powers to crack down on the fraudsters in the March 2014 Budget.

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Taxman squeezes wealthy expats’ pensions out of UK into QROPS

Fiscal year 2014/15 will see a drop in the pension tax-free lifetime allowance limit from £1.5m to £1.25m. Wealthy expats are already rushing to investigate QROPS as a result. Is this extra tax squeeze justified, or a pointless and fruitless exercise?

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Where will British expats be heading in 2014?

"Every year we see certain countries gaining popularity among expats, and in this shaky economic environment this is most often due to increased job opportunities." Jamie Waddell looks at three destinations likely to become the new homes of thousands of emigrating Britons in 2014.

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