IHT Gifts to Charity

IHT Gifts to Charity

What would it mean for charities if Inheritance Tax was abolished and therefore no tax incentive to leave a bequest?

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What’s the Point of Marriage?

What’s the Point of Marriage?

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that the marriage rate has been on a downward trajectory since the early 1970’s, hitting its lowest level on record in 2015.

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Being an Executor: Can you be liable for Inheritance Tax?

Being an Executor: Can you be liable for Inheritance Tax?

Before you agree to taking on the role of an Executor it’s important to be aware of all the potential responsibilities that it entails. Being asked to become an Executor for a friend or a relative can seem flattering, indeed quite an honour, but not everyone understands exactly what they are taking on.

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The Cost of Poor Tax Advice

The Cost of Poor Tax Advice

We were contacted recently by potential clients with an interesting situation.  They wanted to review their likely inheritance tax position. In 2003 they had asked a solicitor to put their home into a trust in order to avoid possible care home fees.

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Wealth Inequality UK

Wealth Inequality UK

Wealth inequality is by no means exclusive to the UK, however we do have a very high level compared to other developed countries.  Typically, households in the bottom 10% of the population have on average a disposable income of £9,644 after direct taxes.

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New Record High For Inheritance Tax Payments

New Record High For Inheritance Tax Payments

New figures from HMRC show an alarming 13% year on year rise in Inheritance Tax receipts, raking in a staggering £5.3 billion to the end of February.  These record sums forced Chancellor Phillip Hammond to instigate reforms in the notoriously complex IHT system.

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Rules for Inheritance Tax Baffle Older Generations

Rules for Inheritance Tax Baffle Older Generations

Inheritance Tax is often described as incomprehensible. Executors often complain to Probate lawyers that the deceased could have done more to save Inheritance Tax.  Of course, by that stage, it is too late to do anything about it.   One solution is to take full advantage of the rules on gifts, which is something older generations seem perhaps reluctant to do.

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Inheritance Tax Review Ordered by the Government

Inheritance Tax Review Ordered by the Government

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has recently written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) requesting a review of the regime surrounding UK Inheritance Tax (IHT).  He asked the review to focus on the technical and administrative issues with IHT as well as practical issues around routine estate planning and disclosure.

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The Passing Of Business Shares On Death

How To Arrange The Passing Of Business Shares On Death

The passing of business shares on the death of a business partner who is not a spouse requires careful planning.   If you are considering selling business shares to a non spousal partner this area requires experienced advice.

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Inheritance Tax Planning for Cohabiting Couples: 4 major (neglected) issues

Inheritance Tax Planning for Cohabiting Couples: 4 major (neglected) issues

In a recent YouGov survey about cohabitees legal rights, 35% of cohabitees either did not know what legal rights they had or believed that once they had lived together for a year they automatically had the same rights as married couple. In fact, if a relationship breaks down, the court cannot reallocate resources between them on the grounds of fairness and neither party is able to claim maintenance from the other for their own benefit.

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