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Maybe it's the hairstyle that makes a good leader?  Kim Jong-un and President Trump both make you wonder why you can't see the join? 

Talking of La La Lands, the film should continue to collect gongs after its success in the Golden Globes, it should be Baftarama time for the feel good pic, they say.

I just realised there is a street in the City of London called Trump Street, supposedly because its where trumpets were made, and humourously it runs into Russian Row. It is interesting  how you can pronounce “row” differently to get two quite different meanings.

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That is a very useful article from Spectrum as usual, jut in case you are completing this online form, until very recetly it wouldnt work unless you put your email in all in capitals, bizarre but true, well done the hmrc.....

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Lost in France

Lost in France is not written by Steve and he is not responsible for my views and comments.

loveI found an interesting analysis of what is currently happening in the western world’s political scene.

I’ve copied, pasted and slightly edited (to make it more current) sections from a longer opinion piece by Tim Burrows in The Quietus November 2016.

It is entitled ‘The Kids are Alt-right.  The Hippie energies behind Brexit and Trump’ and perhaps because some of us are of that generation I thought it would be interesting to read.  It is quite disturbing.

“This year, 2017, will be the 50th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Love. If current trends carry on, it looks set to provide a counter to the reefer-softened, LSD-warped events of 1967: a summer of hate, willed along by the possible surge of the "alt-right", the meme-powered, white supremacist cyber-tribe credited with helping Trump into the White House, and buoyed by Marine Le Pen's potential introduction of homegrown fascisme Francaise to the Élysée Palace.

The tech developer turned far-right thinker Curtis Yarvin – who believes the developed world should move back to 18th century gender norms and introduce eugenics – has attempted to frame it as the new 60s: "These young rebels aren't drawn to it because of an intellectual awakening, or because they're instinctively conservative," he says. "Ironically, they're drawn to the alt-right for the same reason that young Baby Boomers were drawn to the New Left in the 1960s: because it promises fun, transgression, and a challenge to social norms they just don't understand."

Western culture's likely future was, until this year, the liberal consensus formed in the 1960s. The half-century anniversary of the summer of 67 is still a useful vantage point from which to read the alt-right.  Since then, the counterculture has slowly become the establishment, evidenced by the black, Bob Dylan-loving Barack Obama. There was still much work to be done, of course, but now, the 60s counterculture's driving force of wanting to somehow "shake up" society has led to millions voting Leave or voting Trump.

If equality of all hues is to be defended, I can't help thinking there needs to be a re-evaluation of how cultural needs and desires are served as much as political and economic ones. Meanwhile the most rightward of the right surge on. Apparently it took the looming threat of a third world war and nuclear annihilation in the 1950s and 60s to kick off a cultural revolution – at least we're looking in good shape for that.”

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Are you thinking of selling your UK property or have you sold one recently?


I decided on the topic for this month’s article after having had a couple of very similar conversations recently with expats relating to the sale of property in the UK. In each case they were badly let down by their UK Solicitors who failed to inform them of a change in UK legislation that was introduced in April 2015. As a result, they received unexpected and not insignificant late payment penalties from HMRC for failure to complete a form following the sale of their UK property which could have been avoided if they had been made aware of this change in the law.

Recap of the new legislation

Prior to 6th April 2015 overseas investors and British expats were not required to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the sale of residential property in the UK, providing that they had been non-resident for 5 years. New legislation was introduced on 6th April 2015 that removed this tax benefit.

The rate of CGT for non-residents on disposals of residential property is the same as UK residents and depends on the amount of taxable UK income the individual has i.e. 18% for basic rate band and 28% above it, and it is only the gain made since the 6th April 2015 that is subject to CGT for non-UK residents.

Reporting the gain
When you sell your property, you need to fill out a Non-Resident Capital Gains Tax (NRCGT) return online and inform HMRC within 30 days of completing the sale, regardless of whether you’ve made a profit or not. This applies whether or not you currently file UK tax returns. You can find the form and more information on the HMRC website at hmrc.gov.uk

Paying the tax
If you have a requirement to complete a UK tax return then payment of any CGT liability can be made within normal self-assessment deadlines. However those who do not ordinarily file a UK tax return will be required to pay the liability within 30 days of completion. Once you have submitted the form notifying HMRC that the disposal has taken place, a reference number will be issued in order to make payment.

As a French resident you also have to declare any gain to the French tax authority. The Double Taxation Treaty between the UK and France means that you will not be taxed twice on the same gain, as you will be given a tax credit for any UK CGT paid (limited to the amount of French CGT). The French CGT rate is 19% and any taxable gain is reduced by taper-relief over 22 years of ownership. You will also be liable to French Social Charges on the gain, at the rate of 15.5%, and the gain for this purpose is tapered over 30 years (rather than 22 years).

At Spectrum we do not consider ourselves to be Tax Experts and we strongly recommend that you seek professional advice from your Accountant or a Notaire in this regard.

There is little that can be done to mitigate the French tax liability on the sale of property that is not your principal residence. So it is important to shelter the sale proceeds and other financial assets wherever possible to avoid future unnecessary taxes. One easy way to do this is by investing in a life assurance policy, which in France is known as a Contrat d’Assurance Vie, and is the favoured vehicle used by millions of French investors. Whilst funds remain within the policy they grow free of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. In addition, this type of investment is highly efficient for Inheritance planning as it is considered to be outside of your standard estate for inheritance purposes, and you are free to name whoever and as many beneficiaries as you wish. There are very generous allowances for beneficiaries of contracts for amounts invested before the age of 70. Spectrum will typically use international Assurance Vie policies that fully comply with French rules and are treated in the same way as French policies by the fiscal authorities.

International Assurance Vie policies are proving highly popular in light of Loi Sapin II, which has now been enacted into law. More details about the possible detrimental effects of the ‘Sapin Law’ on French Assurance Vie contracts, in certain situations, can be found on our website at http://www.spectrum-ifa.com/fonds-en-euros-assurances-vie-policies/. Thus, when also faced with the prospect of very low investments returns on Fonds en Euros – in which the majority of monies in French Assurance Vie contracts are invested – it is very prudent to consider the alternative of an international Assurance Vie contract, particularly as you would still benefit from all the same personal tax and inheritance advantages that apply to French contracts.

For more information and a confidential financial review please contact me via email at sue.regan@spectrum-ifa.com or by phone on 04 67 24 90 95. I hope 2017 will be a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous year for you all!

The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees directly to clients for their time or for advice given, as can be seen from our Client Charter at
http://www.spectrum-ifa.com/spectrum-ifa-client-charter/.

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The USB-C connector looks similar to a micro USB connector at first glance (the sort of connector you use to charge your phone), but it's slightly thicker, the USB-C connector has no up or down orientation. As long as the connector is lined up properly, you don't have to flip the connector to plug it in. The cables also have the same connector on both ends, so you don't have to figure out which end to plug in. MUCH EASIER!

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USB 1.0 from 1996, 1.5 mega bits per second

USB 2.0 from 2000, 480 mega bits per second

USB 3.0 from 2008, 5000 mega bits per second

USB 3.1/ USB-C from 2013, 10000 mega bits per second, USB-C truly is one port to rule them all.

With USB 3.1 is also possible to connect screens, and other very high data/speed devices mean less connector are needed and hopefully over time less cables.

If you need help or have any questions about your computer please give me a call or send me an email for advice.

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Dear  Steve

Just a little warning on the Scam phone calls doing the rounds YET again.

Call is a recorded message that gives a number to phone to pick/Collect/ deliver  your parcel  ( the one that doesn’t exist )

It’s a premium Number and cost you a fortune to use

Best course of action do not answer Ever

0184204902          call 1

0184175509          call 2 about 15 mins later

Information

Colis logistic"... pour vous informer que vous avez un colis en attente de livraison... rappeler un numéro surtaxé.
Bande d’escrocs ! Mais que fait Bloctel ?

Parcel logistic '... to inform you that you have a parcel awaiting delivery ... recall a surtaxes number.

Band of scammers! But what is Bloctel doing?

Information from a very helpful site that checks phone numbers in France.

http://fr.unknownphone.com/

regards

Jack

Dear Steve,

Although not a permanent resident of France, we do spend a great deal of time there and we have friends who are residents and have been for many years. There is an understandable concern about the uncertainty regarding the status which will be accorded to ex-patriot British citizens who are currently residing in France. I was at a social gathering last week and got talking to our local MP, Damien Green, who is currently a minister in the present government. I mentioned this concern and the fact that it was uncertainty that was the main cause. He said there are no pronouncement on many subjects, simply because there is nothing to announce. A unilateral statement from the EU or the UK regarding a position on anything is unlikely at present He also suggested to me that the official position was there should be no change in the status already enjoyed by British citizens resident within the EU and the same applies to EU citizens resident within the UK, working or not. In other words he does not see a situation where this is used as a bargaining tool during any negotiations between the EU and the UK. He though the likelihood of any 'tit for tat' retaliative action on either side was extremely remote and would be considered childish by any right thinking organisation. For what it is worth I took some encouragement from his words and it does seem like a sensible approach to expect that ordinary people should not have their lives unduly disrupted. I thought I would share that with your readers.

Regards

Stuart

Seems as though Britain is STILL pissed about 1781 and 1814.    Amazing that and American President who is staunchly American and pro-Constitution, rather that anti-American closet muslim and has almost destroyed the U. S. economy, is vilified within 2 seconds of taking office.  The media in the U. S. is patently left wing socialist, as it is in England.  I would think that it might be a propos to give the man his first 100 days.  Further, your cartoon is patently offensive to all Americans except California and New York state.  I haven't noticed any massive exodus or round up of any group of people who disagree with the current administration.  There has not been a massive shadow cast on the U. S, by anyone or anything except the socialist media and it's supporters.  The very things they criticize are the very things the left wing is perpetrating - intolerance and hatred toward those with whom they do not agree.  It is apparent that you are among them as the content of your "newsletter" contains an extremely biased view.  The U. S. is not Britain, and decisively indicated that twice, nor does the U. S. wish to become part of Europe.   God forbid that the U. S. should be strong enough to stand alone.  Then it could fall with the rest of Europe when another conflict arises.

I will defend to the death your right to say it...but, not to do it,

Mike

Hi!!!

Many commentators are making a great deal of noise regarding Pres. D. Trump being elected to office. One should remember that Adolf Hitler was elected.

Regards Alan... Aude

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