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Taxing times for Clinton and Trump

Clinton has clearly stated that people earning $5million per annum and over will face a 10% tax hike on income so they will face a 49.6% band; earners in excess of $1million will also face a hike which will raise $18 billion per annum, mainly to spend on the social reforms she has in store. These include increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. source:

Trump is tackling it differently.  He has stated that many tax loopholes are going to be closed (which will, in fact, cost himself personally billions in tax) while at the same time lowering taxes for the majority.  He has a four band plan that will see the highest rate cut to 25% from 39.6% while at the same time increasing the lower bands so that anyone earning $25,000 or less will pay no tax. source:  Mr Trump is obviously some kind of magic wizard!

Once all the Brexit palaver is over and done with, the US elections and policies of Clinton and Trump are going to be headline news and I am looking forward to the debates about each of the candidate’s economic plans.  UK politics usually takes its lead from what happens in America so the UK’s political parties will definitely be having one eye on the US public reaction to Clinton and Trump’s attempts to buy – sorry win, their votes.

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Financial changes in France for 2018

French flag against a blue skyJanuary 2018 will see the French government introduce several legislative, tax and other financial changes, some of which will be of interest to British expats living in France.

First and foremost is the change to the wealth tax – also known as the Impôt de Solidarité sur la Fortune (ISF – or the “solidarity tax on wealth”). We touched on the topic last year when discussing the number of French job opportunities rapidly increasing.

The country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, who was elected in May 2017, has introduced the change as part of a push to attract more wealthy investors to France. The change is just one of many in what he called a “profound transformation of France” in his new year’s address.

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Premier FX collapse – What to do next for customers

Portugal Flag and EurosThe collapse of foreign exchange company Premier FX in the Algarve has caused shockwaves throughout the expat investor community in Portugal, with many customers now confused as to where they go from this point.

The death of founder Peter Rextrew on June 16 appears to have precipitated financial meltdown for the firm and on the 13 August administrators were appointed.

Customers who have their expat regular savings in Portugal tied up with the forex company and anyone who has sent money to the firm, should now provide as much information as possible to the administrators.

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