Property tax

Tax / Inheritance tax: transferable nil rate bands – part 2

Compliance with the inheritance tax nil rate band (NRB) is a complex area but beneficial from a tax perspective as it allows a £1m IHT exemption. Lisa Macpherson ATT TEP, head of tax technical at PKF Francis Clark, examines transferable bands and residence issues

Tax / MPs reject sweeping Treasury Brexit powers

The government’s no-deal Brexit preparations suffered a blow as a clause in Finance Bill 2018-19 (FB 2018-19) giving the Treasury broad powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit was narrowly defeated by rebels and opposition members

Tax / Inheritance tax: liability for unmarried couples - part 1

Eugenia Campbell, tax director at RSM, kicks off a new series on inheritance tax, focusing on the treatment of unmarried couples and cohabitees without children under the current nil rate band tax rules

Tax / Q&A: VAT on architect fees for design and build contracts

Vivienne Scott, senior VAT consultant at Croner Taxwise, discusses whether design and build contracts allow architects to apply a zero rate VAT to the professional services they provide to contractors

Tax / Millennials pick up income tax burden from elderly

Research by Moore Stephens shows that the tax burden on the older generation has fallen by 4% in the past year, with millennials paying an extra £5bn compared to the same period in the previous year

Tax / Commercial property brought into non resident CGT charge

HMRC has issued draft guidance for the extension of the non resident capital gains tax rules bringing commercial property and company disposals into scope for the first time from April 2019

Tax / Reforming wealth tax will raise revenue

An ageing population and rising public service costs are putting a strain on the Treasury’s coffers. Torsten Bell and Adam Corlett of the Resolution Foundation argue that the Chancellor could generate £7bn a year by 2022-23 with adjustments to five wealth taxes and subsidies

Tax / Tax updates: January 2019

This month's review of tax cases, including a dismissed R&D allowance appeal in a partnership, an upheld surcharge for unauthorised payments in McCashin, and a gifted property sub-lease subject to inheritance tax in The Estate of Lady Hood

Tax / Nunn: probate fee hike needs to be rethought

The increase in probate fees from April 2019 will impose large costs on many people resolving high-value estates. Yvette Nunn CTA, founder of Berkeley Associates, warns that for some it will no longer be as simple as selling a house in a game of Monopoly

Tax / Scotland pressed on land value tax

The Scottish government should consider introducing a land value tax (LVT) as a way of delivering on its land reform objectives and raising revenue in a more progressive way, an academic report has suggested

Tax / Q&A: administration procedures for estates

Croner Taxwise tax consultant David Woolley looks at HMRC’s continually-changing requirements for the administration of an estate and what representatives need to do to fulfil their filing obligations

Tax / CIOT warns Finance Bill tweaks damage confidence

CIOT has warned that a number of minor changes to Finance Bill 2018-19 (FB 2018-19) risk undermining the consistency depended on by taxpayers, reducing confidence and affecting international competitiveness

Tax / Ashley calls for immediate 20% tax on online sales

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has claimed that the high street is ‘already dead’ due to the impact of the internet on consumers, and that the only way to redress the balance would be to institute a 20% tax on online sales and massive cuts to business rates

Tax / Tax updates: December 2018

In our monthly roundup of tax cases, a FTT decision on ‘period of ownership’ of an off-plan apartment overturned in Higgins, FTT allows new argument not heard in previous appeals in Vaccine Researcher Ltd Partnership and livery business eligible for business property relief

Tax / First-time buyers relief costs £426m a year

On the one-year anniversary of first time buyers relief (FTBR), HMRC statistics show more than 180,500 first time buyers have benefited from the cut in stamp duty land tax (SDLT), although receipts overall were 9% lower in the past three months compared with last year
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