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New Year, New Tax Year: Preparing Your Finances for 2024

The dawn of a new tax year brings with it fresh beginnings and, often, a flurry of changes. From everyday costs and allowances to tax rules and investment opportunities, navigating this transition can feel overwhelming. But fret not! With a little preparation, you can embrace the new year with confidence and make informed choices for your financial future.

In the UK, the tax year kicks off on 6th April. Remember this crucial date, as it marks the deadline to utilise remaining tax-free allowances from the previous year. These include your ISA allowance, Junior ISA allowance, capital gains exemptions, and pension contributions amongst others. Unused portions vanish at midnight on 5th April, so don't let them go to waste!

If you're already a Chesterton House client, you'll know that we will help you to take advantage of these valuable allowances at our regular Progress Meetings with you. But if you're going it alone, here are some pointers that you might find helpful. Let's dive into potential changes and how you can prepare:

Everyday costs: Buckle up for potential price hikes in April. Council tax, water charges, phone bills, car tax, and broadband tariffs are just a few examples. Inflation continues to be a factor, so keep an eye on your regular expenses and track any increases. This will help you adjust your budget and ensure your finances stay on track.

Tax-free allowances: Stay informed! While some allowances remain unchanged for the 2024/25 tax year (like the personal allowance at £12,750 and the ISA allowance at £20,000), others have seen adjustments. Familiarise yourself with the new Capital Gains Tax, dividend, and pension allowances to understand their impact on your financial planning.

Investing for the future: Looking to grow your wealth? Look no further than tax-efficient ISAs that empower you to invest in a diverse range of assets, maximising your returns while minimising tax burdens. Remember, everyone gets an ISA allowance, so make the most of it!

Growing your little one's nest egg: Don't forget about your children! A Junior ISA allows you to save or invest for their future with tax benefits and lets you watch their nest egg grow over time.

Chesterton House is here to support you every step of the way. Our team of financial experts can help you navigate the complexities of the new tax year, optimise your investments, and make informed decisions for your future. And if you're an existing client, rest assured that we'll review your allowances each year as part of our ongoing service, ensuring you always stay ahead of the curve and maximise your financial opportunities.

Understanding the new year's changes, utilising tax-free allowances, and exploring ISAs are vital steps. But remember, an ISA is just one piece of your financial puzzle. At Chesterton House, we believe in building a comprehensive financial plan that goes beyond tax efficiency. Through our proven six-stage Values-Based Advice Process, we work with you to define your unique goals, identify potential roadblocks, and craft a personalised strategy that empowers you to achieve financial security and live the life you truly desire. Contact us today to arrange your free initial conversation.

Remember, knowledge is power! Stay informed, plan ahead, and don't hesitate to seek expert guidance. With the right approach, the new tax year can be a springboard for your financial well-being.


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