Investigating Inheritance Tax - HMRC haul hits four year high

HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) has recently reported a 4-year high in Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) revenues after collecting an additional £274m as a direct result of more than 5,000 investigations during the 2019/20 tax year.

Capital Gains Tax - Is a rate increase on the horizon?

Before the scheduled Autumn budget, advisors and taxpayers alike were bracing themselves for a hike in the rate of Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) as well as the very real possibility that some reliefs might be withdrawn altogether, for example Business Asset Disposal Relief (formerly Entrepreneurs’ Relief).

COVID-19 HMRC Statutory Residence Test "Exceptional Circumstances"

Tax Residence in the UK, and therefore by definition, UK tax exposure on worldwide income and gains, is largely determined by days of presence in the UK. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on worldwide travel has been significant, leading to many being unable to travel to or from the UK, which inevitably affects their day count when applying HMRC’s Statutory Residence Tests (SRT).

Sold UK property in 2018/19? You could be next on HMRC's 'hit list'

HMRC have confirmed they will be issuing over 14,000 letters before 30th November to individuals who have sold a UK property in 2018/19, that didn’t appear to be their main home and which could therefore potentially be subject to UK Capital Gains Tax rules.

HMRC have undeclared holiday letting income in their sights...

The 2019 financial statements for Airbnb have recently been published and include a note confirming that it will share data with HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) about the letting income earned by its hosts in the 2018 and 2019 tax years.

Should you set up a family investment company to protect your family wealth?

There is no 'one size fits all' approach when it comes to protecting family wealth, passing this to future generations in an appropriate way, and at the ‘right time’. Setting up a Family Investment Company (“FIC”) is increasingly a popular choice for successful family business owners as part of their broader succession and tax planning strategy. Planning with trusts has a significant role in protecting family wealth for future generations, however with limitations placed on the value which can be settled into trust this typically forms only part of a plan in which FICs increasingly feature.  

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