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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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HMRC Tax Avoidance Challenges

HMRC Tax Avoidance Challenges

In the year of 2016/17, there were 26 cases of tax avoidance and HMRC won 24 cases out of 26 and had one case of a mixed result. These figures are slightly down compared to the year 2015/16 where HMRC won 23 out of 26 cases.

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Selling your business: 3 important things to consider

Selling your business: 3 important things to consider

One of the main issues for business owners when planning to sell their business/retiring is the lack of planning of the possible tax liabilities. In order to achieve the best outcome, you should plan well ahead of that time.

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Unsuspecting consumers being hit by IHT bill

Unsuspecting consumers being hit by IHT bill

In the tax year of 2016/17, IHT drew £4.7 billion from UK consumers and is estimated to be a third higher (£6.2 billion) in the upcoming 5 years – the inheritance tax amount being at 40% on anything over £325,000.

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Being an executor: Call to change tax rules

Being an executor: Call to change tax rules

If you are acting as an executor for your friends and family then you may face having Inheritance Tax bills yourself which you’ll have to pay with your own money if settling the estate takes more than a few months.

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