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Letter: In care in Buckinghamshire

From Mrs A. R. Bainbridge

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TAX PLANNING

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How not to miss out on reducing the April bill

THE END of the tax year is only six weeks away. If you don't take action to reduce your tax bill before 5th April you may miss out on some opportunities altogether. Here is our checklist of the tax saving possibilities that run out at the end of this tax year.

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If you are the sort of person who finds the London A to Z confusing, a new YHA course could be for you. Its Llangollen Activity Centre (0978 860330) is offering a three-day break which teaches the skills of pathfinding, including practical experience in the hills around the Dee Valley. The cost is pounds 75 a person (excluding travel to Llangollen), with full-board accommodation.

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