I3.344 Lifetime exemptions—anti-avoidance

IHT, trusts and estates

I3.344 Lifetime exemptions—anti-avoidance

I3.344 Lifetime exemptions—anti-avoidance

There are various restrictions and anti-avoidance provisions relating to the charitable and other 'exempt body' exemptions (see I4.215–I4.218). They are set out in IHTA 1984, s 23 (the exemption for gifts to charity)1 and incorporated by reference in IHTA 1984, ss 24, 25 (the other 'exempt body' exemptions).

If a transfer of value does not comply with them then it is not exempt, unless it is a loan of money or other property — see I3.342. Their purpose is to prevent abuse of the exemptions and their use as a means of tax avoidance.

The main requirements they impose are that:


    •     the disposition should be immediate, unconditional and indefeasible2


    •     a disposition of an interest in property should be unlimited in time and of all the donor's interest in the property3


    •     there

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