Rishi’s rising tax burden makes good wealth management a top priority

With the new Budget delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the tax burden on ordinary citizens of the UK is now at its highest level in 70 years.

From frozen personal allowances to National Insurance and dividend hikes, at no other time since the 1950s have we paid so much of our livelihoods to the state.

The ethical, political, and moral arguments around this are for a different blog, but there is an important overarching theme to respond to such changes – how to make the most of what we’re left with after the state has taken its levies.

Good wealth management has always been about making the most of your money in any given situation. If that situation changes, so too it is an adviser’s job to help you adapt to those shifts.

Just because the burden is now higher on paper doesn’t mean you can’t continue to benefit from good planning for your wealth.

Tax planning

A critical aspect of this comes down to good tax planning. Tax planning is a catchall term that describes several activities.

First and foremost is ensuring all your personal allowances are properly used. This includes everything from ISA limits to pension contributions and dividend allowances. Maximising your allowances is extremely important. The ISA limit is relatively generous and everything inside this is extremely favourably treated in tax terms.

Likewise, your pension has major contribution benefits in the form of tax relief. The issue for pensions is that tax treatment can become complicated when drawing down from your pot, making advice and rigorous planning essential.

There are longer-term considerations too, such as inheritance tax (IHT) planning. IHT is a booming tax that ensnares more and more households every year. While ultimately not ‘avoidable’, there are a series of allowances such as gifting and seven-year limits that let you give away wealth tax free.

Where planning comes in is through careful forecasting and management of your income and outgoings. Careful projection of how much you’ll need at any given age will be key in ascertaining how much you can give away early.


The other key aspect of good wealth management, which ultimately feeds from the above tax planning considerations, is how to grow your wealth once it is correctly sheltered.

Inflation, transitory or not, is running away at the moment. And while it may return to more typical levels later in 2022, the long-term 20-year average is still around 2.8% according to the Bank of England.

What that means is that your money has to work harder to grow in value or return an income that stays ahead of rising prices. This is a key area where good wealth management comes in to protect and grow your money via the stock market, bonds, and other financial assets.

The truth is, doing nothing is a disastrous alternative. Be it through taxes or inflation (often called a tax on saving), the forces looking to erode your wealth are too strong to ignore.