Budget 2021 – tax thresholds frozen but are fundamental changes on the horizon?

Rather than the much anticipated increase in capital gains tax rates, or even changes to business assets disposal relief (previously known as entrepreneurs’ relief), the Chancellor has instead decided to freeze income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax thresholds. The Chancellor acknowledged that the fairest route was to have the highest earning households contribute […]

Gifting shares – Don’t make a ‘reservation’!

It is common for shares in a family company to be passed down the generations. However, anti-avoidance rules dealing with ‘gifts with reservation’ (GWR) are a potentially nasty inheritance tax (IHT) trap. Cake and eat it The GWR provisions (FA 1986, ss 102-102C; Sch 20) are broadly designed to prevent an individual seeking to reduce […]

Let’s not get married!

The UK’s tax system features various reliefs, exemptions and allowances, some of which are seemingly designed to encourage couples to be married (or in a civil partnership). For example, gifts between spouses are normally exempt for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes (although the exemption is subject to a restriction if the recipient spouse is non-UK domiciled). […]

Say it with…tax breaks

Some professions could be described as ‘sexy’. Unfortunately, tax is not one of them. It would also require a monumental stretch of the imagination to describe tax as ‘romantic’. However, romance can be found in the tax legislation; or to be more precise, tax can be used to fuel romance in a relationship. Of course, […]

Business property relief: Traps to avoid

Many business owners will be aware of business property relief (BPR) for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes, and some might assume that the value of their business interest will be sheltered from IHT by BPR. However, BPR (at the rate of 100% or 50%) is subject to various conditions and restrictions. This article outlines a selection […]

IHT and holiday lettings: A (rare!) business property relief success

Inheritance tax (IHT) relief at the rate of 100% is an attractive proposition. Business property relief (BPR) is available to business owners if certain conditions are satisfied. BPR at the 100% rate applies to ‘relevant business property’ including a business or interest in a business (in certain other cases, BPR is available at 50% instead). […]

IHT and holiday lettings: A (rare!) business property relief success

Inheritance tax (IHT) relief at the rate of 100% is an attractive proposition. Business property relief (BPR) is available to business owners if certain conditions are satisfied. BPR at the 100% rate applies to ‘relevant business property’ including a business or interest in a business (in certain other cases, BPR is available at 50% instead). […]

IHT: Is your property related?

Valuing assets such as land and buildings is potentially tricky for various tax purposes, including inheritance tax (IHT) on making a chargeable lifetime transfer, or on death. One area of potential difficulty is valuing joint interests in land and buildings. For example, a property in London may be jointly owned, such as by spouses or […]

Gifts to and from a company: Don’t forget IHT!

Transactions between a company and its owners are relatively common, particularly in owner-managed and family companies. Where an asset is being transferred to or from a ‘close’ (i.e. broadly a closely-controlled) company, most taxpayers (or their advisers) will normally be concerned about whether there are any potential capital gains tax or corporation tax implications for […]