Tag Archives: inheritance tax

Best of both worlds?

Owners of investment properties might sometimes like to gift an interest in a property (e.g., to adult children) but retain all the rental income. Their intention is generally to reduce the value of their estates for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes without affecting their standard of living. Do you have a reservation? The ’gifts with reservation’… Read More »

Residence nil rate band: Is it ‘inherited’?

The family home is the most valuable asset in the death estates of many individuals and could trap some homeowners in the inheritance tax (IHT) net. Thankfully, a claim for the residence nil rate band (RNRB) is potentially available where the family home is ‘closely inherited’ (IHTA 1984, ss 8D-8M). The RNRB (£175,000 for 2022/23)… Read More »

A little extra could spell trouble!

Business property relief (BPR) offers inheritance tax (IHT) relief of 100% or 50% on a transfer of value attributable to ‘relevant business property’. For example, unquoted company shares potentially qualify for 100% BPR, subject to certain general restrictions where the company’s activities consist wholly or mainly of dealing in stocks or shares, land or buildings,… Read More »

Second helpings!

Business property relief (BPR) is an important inheritance tax (IHT) relief. It shelters the value of eligible business property from IHT, at current rates of 100% or 50%. The most common categories are a business (or interest in a business) and unquoted company shares, which potentially attract BPR at 100%. Various conditions must be satisfied… Read More »

Too much of a good thing?

Business property relief (BPR) offers relief from inheritance tax (IHT) of 100% (or 50%) on a transfer of value which is attributable to ‘relevant business property’. Unfortunately, not all unquoted company shares qualify for BPR. Certain company activities make the shares ineligible for relief, such as dealing in stocks or shares, land or buildings, or… Read More »

Another one bites the dust!

Inheritance tax (IHT) 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. Unfortunately, not every business potentially attracts BPR, such as where the business consists wholly or mainly of ‘making or holding… Read More »

Any chance of a discount?

Land and buildings (e.g., the family home) are often held in joint names, such as by spouses (or civil partners), or parent and offspring. When it comes to valuing an interest in a jointly-owned property for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes (e.g., on death), it is necessary to consider the valuation methodology. Disposing of a joint… Read More »

Property valuations: Get it right!

How much are your assets worth? Some asset valuations (e.g., quoted shares) are relatively straightforward; others might cause disagreements with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). What is ‘market value’? For example, when valuing a chargeable lifetime gift of a property for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes, or a property on an individual’s death, its market value… Read More »

Escape from POAT!

Many individuals who are concerned about inheritance tax (IHT) being payable on their death estates will undertake IHT planning in their lifetimes. Income tax – on IHT planning! However, in some cases this will result in an income tax charge instead. Even if no IHT planning is undertaken, this income tax charge can still bite… Read More »