Tax

The Ministry of Justice has announced changes to Probate Fees from April 2019. Current Fees: £215. £155 if applying through a solicitor. No fee if Estate is valued at less than £5,000. New fees (subject to Parliament approval): Assessed value of Estate Fee £50,000 - £300,000 £250 £300,000 - £500,000 £750 £500,000 - £1M £2,500 £1M - £1.6M ...

Tax, IHT

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published the first of two reports on inheritance tax. The first report sets out an explanation of the issues and complexities of IHT, gives an overview of concerns raised by the public and professional advisors during the review and then makes recommendations. This first report examines the administrative issues that people complain ...

IHT, Tax

According to statistics published by HMRC more than 180,500 first-time buyers have benefitted from First Time Buyers Relief (FTBR). The relief introduced in November 2017 has saved eligible first-time buyers an estimated total amount of more than £426 million. Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘These statistics show that the government was right to off ...

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced that increases to the personal allowance and basic rate band for 2019/20. The personal allowance is currently £11,850. The personal allowance for 2019/20 will be £12,500. Also for 2019/20, the basic rate band will be increased to £37,500 so that the threshold at which the 40% band applies is £50,000 for those who are entitled to the full ...

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end - but discipline will remain’. He also promised a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are successful but stated that there may be a full-scale Spring Budget in 2019 if not. You can find more information on the Bud ...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that the Budget will take place on Monday 29 October. Breaking with the tradition of a Wednesday in November, perhaps in a bid to avoid the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the government is expected to set out its plans ‘to build a stronger, more prosperous economy, building on the recent Spring Statement and last yea ...

HMRC is warning that taxpayers could face penalties if they fail to declare their income on foreign assets before new ‘Requirement to Correct’ legislation comes into force. HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets before 30 September to avoid higher tax penalties. New legislation called ‘Requirement to Correct’ r ...

Tax

According to the latest statistics 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000,000 following the introduction of a relief for first-time buyers under the Stamp Duty Land Tax rules which apply in England and Northern Ireland. Over the next five years, it is estimated that this relief, part of the UK government’s housing policy will help over 1 million people gettin ...

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, died intestate, leaving a fortune estimated at $80 million (£62.4 million). In addition to Aretha Franklin, a list of celebrities who have also died intestate, include: Rik Mayall; Amy Winehouse; Michael Jackson; Bob Marley; Pablo Piccasso; Jimi Hendrix. There are approximately 30 million adults in the UK, who do not have a Will ...

IHT, Tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) as it is understood  today was introduced in 1796 as a levy on the wealthy, but rising property prices and tax thresholds that have not kept pace with inflation mean that the number of estates that fall into the IHT net is ever growing. A series of exemptions have been introduced to allow families to give away more of their assets tax-free, but the system ...

IHT, Tax