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What’s New in Tax for 2021 at Stephen Parnham Taxation?

My Best Wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021. My 2021 reviews and reports for taxpayers concerned about inheritance tax are now available on the website. These include The Fixed Fee Inheritance Tax Review 2021 For that first decisive…
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Scottish holiday accommodation loses BPR despite service provision

A legatee who inherited her father’s furnished holiday accommodation business failed to persuade the First-tier Tax Tribunal that it was ‘relevant business property’ for the purposes of business property relief under the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (IHTA). The property was…
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The Future of Capital Gains Tax

On 14 July the chancellor wrote a letter to the Office of Tax Simplification requesting it “undertake a review of capital gains tax”. Interestingly, there was no announcement of the letter on the Treasury website. The tone of the correspondence…
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Third-Party Notice Powers: No Right of Appeal?

There are circumstances where HMRC has a legitimate need to directly approach financial institutions to obtain tax related information where taxpayers are unwilling or unable to do so.  As things stand, HMRC has the power to issue a Schedule 36…
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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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Lockdown & Wills: The Latest

Lockdown has prompted the government to update the 183-year-old rules on witnessing wills. But some solicitors think reform is unnecessary and risks creating a contentious probate spike. Wills have stubbornly resisted the digital world. While many legal documents, including deeds…
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Office of Tax Simplification to review CGT 

The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to undertake a review of capital gains tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains, in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. In his letter commissioning the review,…
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