The process of sharing information across the planet has never been easier or simpler, thanks to constant upgrades and improvements being made in the field of information technology. These advancements have led to the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the US, and the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) over on this side of the pond.

CalculatorOn March 8, Phillip Hammond delivered the Spring Budget 2017. Among those most affected by the changes – which included the self-employed – were those who wish to set up Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). Here is a brief overview of how the Budget 2017 has affected QROPS and what it may mean for you.

For many years now, people with pension pots built up through schemes in the UK – either through an employer or their own personal savings – have had the ability, once retired, to transfer them from the UK for the opportunity to gain control of their own pot and receive more favourable tax treatment.

Round pound coinsAt the end of March 2017, a new 12-sided pound coin will be introduced in British currency.

With one and a half billion of the new coins being put into circulation by the Royal Mint, banks and shops will receive the coins on March 28, but it may be at least a few days before they are handed over as change in the shops.

In the 34 years that the current round pound coin has been in circulation, it has been heavily counterfeited and the issue of fakes is more prevalent than you might think.

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