Landlords beware!! Take care with your Tax

Landlords in Scotand and especially those who are 'accidental landlords' (home owners who have become landlords, holding on to their asset rather than selling) need to be aware of tax obligations as a new taskforce to tackle tax evasion by landlords in...

Post Budget Update – What's in it for you? Edinburgh Solicitors Blair Cadell are here to help

Income tax - personal allowance will rise to £9,205 from April 3013.  However, the basic rate band threshold will be reduced to £41,450, pushing more taxpayers into higher rate. Pensioners aged 65 and over currently receive age-related allowances of £10,500.  These will...

10 plus 1 things to expect in tomorrow's budget...

The start of reducing the 50% tax band.  Probably to 45% from April 2013 and then back to 40% the following year. Acceleration in raising the personal allowance limit to £10,000 per annum. We're unlikely to see a "mansion tax" (on properties...

5th April tax deadline checklist

Before 5th April it's a good idea to review your investments and finances to ensure that all available reliefs have been utilised.  The following are some pointers: Top up your ISA investments - the current maximum limits are £10,680.  This can be...

Q1: Edinburgh estate agents explain the year so far... in property

In line with many indicators we have seen a much busier opening to the year than 2011. Sales are up almost 18% year on year which is very encouraging, whilst we have also seen an increase in 1st time buyer properties being...

5 Facebook Tips Every Small Business Should Know

Most small businesses find marketing a challenge-online marketing in particular. That's understandable, because business owners are usually more passionate about their work than promoting themselves But with Facebook the place to be for businesses of all sizes, a little marketing know-how can...

Savills expects Edinburgh office space rents to soar in 2012

A new report from Savills suggests headline office space rents in Edinburgh could rise dramatically towards the end of 2012 The real estate advisor says a lack of supply and increased demand could force rents in the city back to peak levels...

Signs of uplift in UK economy

The Scotland on Sunday had some cheering news this weekend with reports on a busy week of economic releases pointing the way to an improving UK outlook Official data is likely to confirm that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent...

Sales via Scottish solicitors exceed £4billion in 2011

22,537 homes were sold in 2011 through solicitor estate agents, with a combined value of £4billion based on figures released by Solicitors Property Centres (SPC) Scotland. Malcolm Cannon, Chairman of SPC Scotland and Chief Executive of Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) said...

First-time buyers – act now to beat the end of the Government's Stamp Duty holiday on 24 March 2012

With only two months remaining, first-time buyers must act quickly to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax on their first home purchase After the tax exemption has come to an end first-time buyers will face a tax of 1% on house purchases...