Corrections and adjustments

By Tolley in association with Higgs & Sons
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The following Trusts and Inheritance Tax guidance note by Tolley in association with Higgs & Sons provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Corrections and adjustments
  • What is a correction?
  • What do you do?
  • Adjustments
  • Clearance

When administering an estate the personal representatives may need to make corrections to the initial inheritance tax account or adjustments to the initial date of death values as disclosed within the inheritance tax papers.

What is a correction?

Whilst administering the estate, the personal representatives may find assets or liabilities owned / owed by the deceased at the date of death which were unidentified when submitting the initial inheritance tax account. The originally unidentified assets or liabilities may subsequently come to light following the receipt of:

  • bank statements showing transactions after death which show details of income being received, or
  • paperwork that is sent to the deceased’s home address

Additional liabilities may also become apparent following the personal representatives advertising for unknown creditors to come forward and claim against the estate. This should be actioned in accordance with Trustee Act 1925, s 27. The steps are as follows:

  • insert an advertisement in the London Gazette
  • insert an advertisement into a newspaper circulate

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