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The new UK tax year: What has and hasn’t changed?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

The 2019/20 UK tax year ticked over on 6 April 2019, resetting thresholds and allowances for the next 12 months. We explore changes that may affect expatriates and what you can do to make the most of existing rules.

Personal tax

The amount of UK income you can […]

What Dogs really talk about

by Nick da Costa, an extract . . .

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old oak tree in the early evening.

There was Whitman, a Springer Spaniel, who – having been named after an American poet – affected an air of quiet superiority and […]

Are you ready for exchange of information?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

From January 2016, financial institutions in over 50 countries around the world began collecting information on their clients and their accounts. This data will be passed onto the clients’ country of residence in 2017. Cross-border taxation can get complex for expatriates, and it is important to make sure […]

Make Time To Future-Proof Your Legacy . . . Estate planning for France

You may have put a lot of thought into your financial planning to make sure you have enough for the retirement lifestyle you want. Have you given the same kind of attention to your estate planning? If so, is it up to date?

Writing your will is by no means the only step. Estate […]

What’s happening in Toulouse ?

The determination to make Toulouse the ‘capital’ of the region has of course raised a lot of coverage, particularly from the Montpellier region . . . But here is a snapshot with fact and figures and an outline of the investment plan for Toulouse. Whilst well known for aerospace ‘la Ville Rose’ is actively taking […]

Diary of a vineyard: September’s harvest at Rives Blanques / Work in progress!

by Family Panman

September marched in like an army on the attack: searing searchlights scanning a night sky thunderously full of rumbling grumbling. What a storm! The vines held their breath and scuttled for cover. This is emphatically not how we like to start a harvest.

But again the gods were good, and […]

It’s Friday 1st May and there are 6 days to go . . .

Election Bulletin for Friday 1st May 2015

A media round-up of news, views and comment pertaining to the UK 2015 General Election- Produced by Early Morning Media


Party leaders face TV grilling

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have faced […]

X is for Xpat

Ok, before you all write in about my appalling spelling, I know it’s supposed to be “expat” but it was the best I could come up with. I covered X-rays in the Healthcare article, and my knowledge of Xylophones is limited!

The word expat has, to my mind, largely negative connotations, conjuring up images of […]

Bike tourism is booming in France

Lynette Eyb from the cycle tourism website has this advice for gite, B&B and campsite owners wanting to cater for cyclists.

The cycle tourism boom

Did you know that more people visit France each year to ride a bike than to ski? Bicycle tourism is second only to walking when it comes to activity […]

In the garden – April

March has brought it’s usual share of changeable weather – “les giboulées de mars” – but spring is definitely here; many shrubs and perennials are starting to flower, the grass needs cutting and the weeds are growing so there is plenty to do in the garden. continue to tidy up foliage on perennials, and cut […]