The following Trusts and Inheritance Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
Inheritance tax (IHT) is, essentially, a tax on gifts. This typically arises when a person dies and all the property that they own (their ‘estate’) passes to beneficiaries. An individual may also transfer their assets to others during lifetime. This could be an outright gift of assets to another person or a gift into trust.
Assets in trust are held by trustees for the benefit of others, whose entitlement to them is restricted in some way. Special inheritance tax rules apply to trusts to reflect the separation of legal and beneficial ownership.
IHT is a tax on the donor ― the person who is transferring the asset(s). It is calculated with reference to their estate. It is not a tax on the beneficiaries, though what the beneficiaries receive may be reduced by the amount of tax. This position contrasts with the law in certain other jurisdictions where ‘death duties’, gift tax or the equivalent are a tax on the people receiving the property and is taxed in accordance with their status or wealth. Clients who receive an inheritance often ask if they have to pay tax on it. Generally, the answer is ‘no’, because
**Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK. We may terminate this trial at any time or decide not to give a trial, for any reason.
Access this article and thousands of others like it free for 7 days with a trial of TolleyGuidance.
Read full article
Already a subscriber? Login
There are several sets of provisions in the Taxes Acts which relate to ‘close’ companies, most of which are anti-avoidance measures aiming to catch transactions between those companies affected and their owners, where there may otherwise be a tax advantage. Broadly speaking, most owner-managed or
The substantial shareholding exemption (SSE) provides a complete exemption from the liability to corporation tax on the gains generated from qualifying disposals of shares and interests in shares by qualifying companies. Conversely, if losses are generated by the disposal and the SSE conditions are
Expenditure of a capital nature is not allowed as a deduction when calculating trading profits. Expenditure of a revenue nature is allowable, provided there is no specific statutory rule prohibiting a deduction and the expenditure also satisfies the wholly and exclusively test. See the Wholly and
Preparatory workBefore completing the Inheritance Tax account for submission to HMRC, the practitioner needs to undertake a comprehensive review of the extent of the estate and its proposed distribution. The work required leading up to the submission of the account is described in detail in the
To view our latest tax guidance content, sign in to Tolley Guidance or register for a free trial.