AF1 tax and trusts exam

Study Smart for AF1

What am I letting myself in for? An opportunity to prove your worth and demonstrate your in depth financial planning skills related to personal tax and trusts. A 3 hour question paper based on a case study approach with a whopping 30 credits available and a total of 160 marks there for the taking! How […]

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10 June is here..

10 June is here..and how quick did that come round? I’m nervous for you just thinking about your result. We’ve got everything crossed for you. I know how much of your heart and soul you put into this; I know what it means and what it takes. May your exam gods be with you and […]

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2016/17 Updated Study Material

No don’t panic; it’s not that time yet…. We’re not planning to start the new structured study plan schedule until Tuesday 5 July; 14 weeks until the exams on 5&6 October 2016. 14 weeks: 10 weeks for 10 modules; 2 weeks for revision (mock papers) and 2 weeks on the beach (we normally have a […]

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16 March 2016 Budget Summary

Looking for a quick and authoritative budget summary: Budget summary Techlink March 17 2016 Remember, we are living in a parallel universe until 14 April 2016. This doesn’t exist until 14 April – for all those sitting AF exams in April……so download, save and retain. Then get back to 2015/16 tax year…

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CII Pass rates for 2015

The CII pass rates for 2015 are published. They make interesting reading: click here The one that stands out is the AF3 pass rate at 31.47% for the whole of 2015 – and that’s when the April paper didn’t contain any surprises! I knew there was an issue on the morning of Friday 11 December. […]

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Week 5 and breathe…

Good morning on this breezy February morning beaming live on satellite from Milton Keynes! This is week 5. Yes; we are halfway through the learning journey, with 5 more modules to go after this and then we’ve got time to practice a few mock exams and questions from past papers. We are bang on track […]

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AF1 exam and IHT: 100 is the number

Module 4, week 4 in the AF1 exam structured study plan is Inheritance Tax (IHT). IHT is the joint third most popular topic in AF1 in terms of questions, most commonly appearing as a calculation question [3omins]. Equally there are lots of IHT related topics ideal for questions:gifts with reservation (GWR), pre-owned asset tax (POAT) […]

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Week 3 ready to start…

Members only content Week 2 video tutorials and answer documents are added and ready for you in module 2 (for both AF3 and AF4). You might want to have a think about this week: Too many exam chimps running about bashing their heads and thumping their chests; TOO MUCH fast thinking. NOT ENOUGH slow….thinking. System […]

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It all starts on 5 January….

There’s a simple little equation, based on a fundamental principle of thermodynamics which most first year senior pupils understand, but yet will spawn £billions of ‘alternatives’ to the physics of the universe: consume less energy and use more energy = weight loss. It seems simple. It isn’t. The brain doesn’t like changing habits. It doesn’t […]

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Onwards and upwards to an MSc?

I know that many of you will be licking your wounds and hitching yourself back up on the horse, but let’s not forget that there also lots of you newly ‘Chartered’ and even ‘Fellows’ amongst our peers this week. Well done to very single one of them. You are an inspiration to all those who […]

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