Archive | February 14, 2017

Do I Need Renters Insurance

Though it is nt required by law, renters insurance policy is important because it protects your propertiesfurniture, clothes, gadgetsin case of disasters or theft. It also covers temporary housing and liability protection or damages due to negligence. If someone slips on the ice or banana peel outside your door and necessitates immediate medical attention, your insurance will be responsible for his or her checkups and medication. Should that person decides to sue you, your renters insurance policy got you covered.

So what exactly will your policy cover?

Personal property
The majority of renters policies protects your belongings in case of disasters and other events that are out of your control. So if you live in a flood-prone community or near a fault line, its wise to get a policy for this. However, some types of belongings can only be covered up to a certain limit set by the insurance company. So if you own expensive jewelries and other valuable properties, you should consider adding personal articles policy to your existing renters insurance policy.

Liability
Your insurance policy also covers the damages you need to settle for any bodily injury or property damage that are caused by mere negligence. Business pursuits, intended bodily injuries, as well as vehicle-related injury or damage is nt covered by the renters insurance.

Loss of use
This part of your policy covers your living expenses, such as food, hotel and other expenses, if ever you need to leave your home after its been damaged by an accident. The expenses you incurred while your house is being restored will be covered.

These are the basic components of a renters insurance policy. You can choose to add a few other types should you see the need for them. You can consider “medical payment to others” policy, credit card , bank forgery coverage, and “property of others” coverage.

This entry was posted on February 14, 2017, in Insurance.

Company Cars – How Your Company Car Affects The Tax You Pay

First of all, lets see how Company Car Tax works

If you drive a Company Car, you are liable to pay tax as it is classed as a Benefit In Kind.

Company Car Tax or Benefit In Kind Tax must be paid on your company car if you, or a member of your family, use it for private use. This would include travelling to and from your place of work. If you drive a company van, the rules are slightly different in that you should not be liable for tax if the only private use is to go between work and home.

How much Company Car Tax will you have to pay?

There are a number of things that affect how much Company Car Tax you pay. The Benefit In Kind tax you pay on your Company Car is based on the P11D value of the car (its list price including any extras or options), the CO2 Emissions of the car (the lower the better), the rate you pay tax on your income, and whether your car can run on an alternative fuel. Furthermore, if your employer provides you with fuel and you use some of it for personal travel, you would also be liable for Benefit In Kind tax on this Car Fuel Benefit.

Further Information on Company Car Tax & Benefit In Kind

To help you work out how much Company Car Tax and Car Fuel Tax you will have to pay, why not check out the Company Car Tax Calculator provided by HM Revenue & Customs. Also, there is a Government website all about Company Cars which provides useful information and guidance for both employees and employers. It explains the rules about Tax and National Insurance relating to Company Cars and company car fuel. Changes in the rules relating to Company Car Tax are usually declared at Budget time. If youre interested in finding out how future changes might affect you, take a look at the Governments Forthcoming Changes To Car Benefit site.

Of course, there is a way to avoid paying Company Car Tax altogether, and its not illegal! If your employer gives you the choice of having either a Company Car or a Company Car Allowance, you could choose the cash alternative, lease or purchase your own vehicle, and then claim an amount back from your employer for business mileage (currently at a Government set rate of 40p per mile). You might like to check out the sister article to this one, called Company Car Or Company Car Allowance – Which Should I Choose?, which explains the benefits and disadvantages of each option.

How to Find an FTC-Compliant Debt Settlement Company

Frequently, debt settlement companies make fraudulent claims to potential clients. They might say: “You will only pay 25% of your debts,” or “This will not affect your credit score,” or “Calls and letters from creditors will automatically stop once you join our program.” These are all false statements, and they will not be made by a company that is compliant with the Federal Trade Commission, an independent agency of the United States government. This article discusses what an FTC-compliant debt settlement company should explain to potential clients.

Before we proceed, let’s look at the difference between debt settlement (also known as debt resolution or debt negotiation) and bill consolidation. A bill consolidation business negotiates interest rates and late fees with creditors. A debt settlement company negotiates lower balances. Suppose that you have $25,000 of unsecured debt with two credit card companies at a blended interest rate of 21%. A bill consolidation business negotiates lower interest rates on the two credit cards. A debt resolution company negotiates a lower balance.

Now, let’s go ahead and explain what an FTC-compliant business should clarify to prospective clients.

An FTC-compliant company should give potential clients an “honest assessment” of their current debt situation. They might say that filing for bankruptcy implies that one is not willing to take responsibility for his/her debts. They might also explain that the new bankruptcy laws make it more difficult for consumers to become debt free than before. They might remind prospective clients that bill resolution has worked remarkably for thousands of people over the years. However, personal commitment is needed to make debt negotiation work effectively.

New FTC regulations prohibit debt settlement companies from charging upfront fees before they begin working with consumers and businesses. A FTC-compliant company gives potential clients a free, no obligation debt analysis, which should include a free debt settlement savings estimate.

A debt settlement business that is compliant with the Federal Trade Commission cannot “guarantee” how much money clients will save using debt negotiation. Results vary from person to person. However, a responsible company will do everything to save their clients as much money as possible. A leading debt resolution business has this statement on their website: “We or your assigned local legal representation will do everything … to save you as much money as possible. Review past settlement letters to get an idea of how we have been able to negotiate settlements with creditors before.”

A trusted company will always have debt settlement letters and client testimonials on their website. How can anyone gain confidence in a business that does not provide any of this vital information?

An FTC-compliant company should make it clear that collection calls and letters might continue during debt resolution. A bill negotiation team normally sends out letters to creditors notifying them that a client has asked for debt help. However, this cannot stop “lawful collection activities.” In spite of this, many people report that phone calls and letters from creditors and collection agencies stop or decrease once they have sought debt relief.