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Deal or no deal?Now we have the first stage of the finalised agreement on the Brexit deal it is worth considering the likely outcomes, as in our view there are a few hurdles to still get through – some of them more likely than others.

The first point is that the deal has yet to be signed off by the 27 EU countries – we believe this is more likely to happen than not. It then needs to be approved by the UK parliament, which at the moment is an each way bet.

IRS 2018: End-of-Year Fiscal HousekeepingPerhaps you forgot to get an invoice? With 2018 drawing quickly to a close, it’s time to think about tidying up your tax affairs before its too late. The calculation of expenses to consider in your annual IRS tax declaration is based on the “e-fatura” system. Be sure to give your tax number (“NIF”) so that shops and businesses can automatically report the transaction. Based on these communications, the Portuguese Tax Authority (“AT”) will automatically list all of your eligible expenses on your personal page on their website, which you can consult and approve online.

How might the 2018 UK budget affect your pocket?In the last planned budget before the Brexit due date, Chancellor Phillip Hammond insisted that “austerity is coming to an end but discipline will remain”.
Choosing to spend rather than save last year’s unexpectedly high tax revenue, he pledged to increase public spending without the usual tax hikes, claiming that 32 million people would enjoy tax cuts.
So was there anything that will particularly affect expatriates?

Safe income generating investment for all types of investorsDue to recent stock market volatility we have been working with our product partners in Europe to identify a safe income generating investment for all types of investors. The UK and European bond market has seen significant growth over the past 3-5 years, and we are proud to announce the launch of a new UK and European backed investment bond, available through all forms of investment (Pensions, Lump Sum etc).

How to get your finances Brexit-readyNo matter how you feel about Brexit, now that we are only months away from the due date, expatriates need to prepare in a practical sense. Although there are still many unanswered questions about what Brexit will actually mean, there are steps you can take to make your financial position in Portugal as secure as possible.

currencies4youPound Sterling exchange rates hit a 3-month high against the Euro last week following positive remarks from the UK & EU in regard to a potential Brexit deal and the Irish border. Jean-Claude Juncker also commented on Saturday by saying that it is very likely that a deal will be reached by the end of 2018 - which is positive for the Pound.

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