Inheritance Tax & 17th November 2022

The prime minister Rishi Sunak froze inheritance tax thresholds until 2025-26 when he was chancellor, and it is now understood that he will continue with his stealth tax raid in order to plug the fiscal black hole.  A further threshold…
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Inheritance Tax Take Continues To Rise

    Inheritance tax receipts for April 2021 to March 2022 were £6.1bn, which is £0.7bn higher than in the same period 12 months earlier, latest data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) revealed. The government data also showed receipts…
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A Family Investment Company to Preserve Wealth?

  A Family Investment Company to Preserve Wealth? Family investment companies have very recently made the headlines as HMRC has recently concluded that there is no evidence that the use of family investment companies was being abused. This is really…
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HMRC Unsuccessfully Challenges Tax Reducing Rectification

The England and Wales High Court (EWHC) has agreed to rectify two deeds of appointment made in 2013 that mistakenly terminated Nicholas Ware’s life interest, a qualifying pre-March 2006 life interest, in the assets of his late father, when they…
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Tax Schemes & ‘Tales of the Unexpected’

There were reputedly 30,000 “home loan” or “double trust” schemes implemented in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and as people die these schemes have been increasingly challenged by HMRC since about 2011. The ‘home loan’ arrangement in the case…
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Gift Ruled to be a Transfer of Beneficial Ownership

This is an interesting case for anyone involved in issues/disputes over legal and beneficial ownership.  It includes a useful review of relevant case law and clearly emphasises the importance of the circumstances and facts. The England and Wales High Court…
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What issues does Covid-19 raise for Estate Planning in 2020?

Massive public spending during the Covid-19 crisis means the government will almost certainly increase taxes in the short to medium term. Additional austerity seems implausible and government borrowing is already stretched. The government will be emboldened in its revenue-raising task…
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