News: New tax concerns for UK expats & investors

At the present time everyone whether resident in the UK or living abroad benefits from the personal allowance, meaning that they can earn up to £10,000 a year in the UK before being liable to income tax, but under new Government proposals this is likely to change. This will affect anyone who receives an income from renting out a property whilst they are living overseas.
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300 On Your Side columns

When I started writing the On Your Side column for The National newspaper nearly six years ago I never imagined that we’d still be going strong 300 columns later. 300 feels like a milestone and in that time I have answered over a thousand queries in print, solved numerous problems for readers and received thousands of emails.

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Need to know: Renting in Dubai

This is the first in an occasional series on topics where I receive a great number of queries. With rental prices in Dubai, and across the UAE generally, increasing significantly, many people have been asked for excessive increases or asked to vacate illegally, so this article is a brief overview of tenants’ rights in Dubai. This article can also be found in the May issue of Good magazine. Continue reading

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Universities Uncovered – a presentation. How to get the best for your child.

If your children are currently studying for A levels, or the International Baccalaureate, then the topic of university is probably not far from your mind. I am working with Gabbitas a UK based educational consultancy and would like to invite you to a free seminar that is taking place this Wednesday, 30th April on the topic of universities and how to choose the right one.

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Thinking about transferring money between currencies?

If, like many people, you keep an eye on exchange rates you will have seen that Sterling is looking stronger against the US Dollar. This means that if you are considering transferring Sterling to US Dollars, UAE Dirhams or any other currency pegged to the US Dollar, this could be a good time to take action.

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UK Budget 2014 & how those big pension changes will affect you

The other week, George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his latest budget to the House of Commons. Whilst this is largely UK focused many of the points are of relevance to UK expats and also to people with assets in the UK. This article is a brief overview of the relevant points.

If you are a British expat, have a UK pension or property in the UK, you need to read on…

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News: Update on Dubai Medical Insurance

In November 2013 I posted an article advising that the Dubai authorities had announced that medical insurance would become mandatory over the next few years. We now have further details, but there is also one very important point that has been largely overlooked in press reports.

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