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Fergus will be back on the John Beattie Show on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday just after the 1pm news with some great tips to help organise your money and understand your consumer rights. This week he'll be looking at the best way to spring clean your finances at the beginning of a new tax year. Catch up on previous shows here

Moneysucks for musicians

Have a look at the first part of our new series on how musicians can best maximise and protect their income from their own words and music.

Tax Stuff

Are the new ISAs worth it?

Part of the problem revolves round confusion about when the money built up in the LISA can actually be used. When it was introduced the Chancellor said that it could be used either at retirement or when first time buyers purchase their first house. Of course if you can’t use it until you have actually completed on your house purchase then it can’t be used to help with your deposit – something that George Osborne seemed to suggest was central to its introduction when he announced plans for the LISA at his last budget. Continue reading

Pensions – how the Chancellor fudged the changes

The Government, in particular George Osborne who was Chancellor at the time, made it all sound really attractive when he stood up on Budget day and announced the changes. ‘It’s you money, you should be able to do what you like with it’ was what he seemed to be saying and while, within limits, that’s the case what the Chancellor didn’t explain very well Continue reading

They really did want my passport details.

As part of some research I was doing the other day I decided to check out my own State Pension entitlement. I logged on to the www.gov.uk website and then realised that I would have to set up a… Continue reading

Rachael’s Tax Dilemma

What follows below is Rachel's account of a recent trip to Belgium with some tax questions that it raised for her. We have then answered these questions for Rachel but in a way that we hope will benefit all musicians who have an uncomfortable relationship with HMRC (otherwise known as The Revenue!). Find out more about Rachel and her music at www.rachelhair.comor http://tinyurl.com/6fzw5uu Continue reading

News

It looks as if the Financial conduct Authority might be about to take action to help so-called 'mortgage prisoners', borrowers who have loans with companies that are no longer trading.

60 Second Tips

In a brand new series listen to and watch Fergus Muirhead here as he explains common money and consumer issues in less than one minute.
This series will build up over the next few months into a valuable library of money and consumer tips, all delivered in a simple and straightforward way.

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