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Looking after your pension starts with avoiding scams 

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

There has never been more choice for what Britons can do with their pension. While this freedom is generally welcome, unfortunately it has brought a sharp increase in pension scams attempting to defraud people out of their retirement savings.

British police revealed around £43 million was lost […]

Will you pay less tax in France this year?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.

What do these reforms mean for you?

Income tax and […]

The clock is ticking to lock-in residency benefits in France post-Brexit

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

British expatriates in France should act now to secure residency and take advantage of healthcare and pension opportunities before Brexit changes the rules.

February’s Chinese New Year celebrations bring to mind a Chinese proverb that never dates: ‘dig the well before you are thirsty’. In other words, make […]

What can expatriates in France do with their UK pension in 2018?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

When it comes to pensions, your long-term financial security is at stake, so take care to do what is right for you and your family. Expatriates also need to consider the tax rules and implications in France.

Start by understanding the options available for different pension types.

‘Defined […]

Expatriates’ rights safeguarded with Brexit breakthrough

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

 

A landmark agreement has been reached in Brexit talks which has cemented citizens’ rights on both sides.

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a joint “progress report” on 8th December outlining the key areas of agreement. Focusing on the three priority issues […]

First tax information exchange approaching

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Tax authorities in France and the UK will now start to receive new information on their taxpayers’ offshore assets and income.

This is carried out under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters. 100 countries have so far committed to […]

What Brexit answers do we have one year on from the referendum?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

In the aftermath of the UK general election’s unexpected outcome, we reach the milestone of one year since Britain voted to leave the EU. What do we know today about how Brexit might affect expatriates in France?

Has the UK election changed anything for Brexit?

Faced with a […]

Is time running out for today’s pension opportunities?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

With the Brexit clock ticking, we have less than two-years’ certainty about the rights of expatriates in France. Take steps to secure your financial future by using this time to review the options for your retirement savings.

The option to transfer

Based on current law, Brexit should not […]

What you need to know about pensions today

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Pensions are complex, yet often the cornerstone of a comfortable retirement. Today, with Brexit looming and more options than ever for what you can do with your funds, it is difficult to establish the best approach – there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Here, we take […]

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 […]