Category: Inheritance Tax

Non-resident capital gains tax on UK commercial property ‘could block overseas investment’ – expert view

The Government’s changes to the tax treatment of overseas investment in UK commercial property will increase revenues in the short term but might prove short-sighted, write Craig Hughes and Russell Dickie There is, as they say, no place like home. However, in recent years, solid and steady capital growth and… – Continue reading

HMRC targets wealthy families with trusts

Changes to Britain’s centuries-old trust regime are looming as HMRC is concerned that trusts are letting some families pay less inheritance tax than those who do not pay accountants to set up the complex arrangements. To look at if the law should be changed, HMRC has published wide-ranging research of… – Continue reading

Inheritance tax avoidance investigations rise as HMRC cracks down on estate undervaluations

HM Revenue and Customs is increasingly targeting estates it believes have undervalued residential property to avoid Inheritance Tax bills, according to an accountancy firm. HMRC investigated 5,400 estates for underpayment of inheritance tax (IHT) last year. This is up 5% from 5,100 in the 2016/17 tax year. One in four… – Continue reading

HMRC warn UK taxpayers it’s time to declare offshore assets

HM Revenue and Customs (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’ requires UK taxpayers to notify HMRC about any offshore tax liabilities relating to UK… – Continue reading

Director General of Taxes Confirms Issues on Inheritance Tax

JAKARTA, NNC – Director General of Taxes of the Ministry of Finance Robert Pakpahan discloses the rules of reporting financial account of undivided inheritance of a deceased person is a derivative of Indonesia’s participation in Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEoI). According to him, the existence of this rule does not… – Continue reading

Be warned! HMRC flexes its muscles

Island tax expert Greg Jones has issued a warning saying he believes the UK taxman has ‘bulked up’ and is starting to ‘flex his muscles.’ Mr Jones, a director of KPMG at its offices in Athol Street, Douglas, has analysed the UK Budget in this special report for Business News:… – Continue reading

TOKYO PUSHES BACK ON ‘BIZARRE’ DEATH TAX THAT DETERS EXPATS

Considering a work stint in Japan? You’d better make it short, and you’d better stay alive. That’s because the government subjects long-term foreign residents to inheritance tax of up to 55 percent on their worldwide assets – meaning heirs could be forced to give up their family homes or businesses,… – Continue reading

2017 changes to the taxation of non-domiciliaries – deemed domicile status, rebasing, cleansing mixed funds, business investment relief

THE BENEFITS OF NON-DOMICILE STATUS An individual who is resident but not domiciled in the UK does not pay tax on overseas income and gains, as long as they are kept outside the UK and are not used to provide benefits in the UK. This is called the remittance basis… – Continue reading

Passing on your inheritance and your place of residence – the tax minefield

Passing on your inheritance and your place of residence – the tax minefield QUESTION: I was born in Belfast and now live in Dublin. I have 2 children who both live in Dublin and I am contemplating retiring to Northern Ireland. Is there a difference between the Inheritance tax systems… – Continue reading

What happens if you are from the UK or own assets in the UK?

Beware of the dreaded inheritance tax and changes to it from April 2017! Approximately 1.3 million Britons now live in Australia and Brexit may only increase this number! Many think that moving to Australia means they no longer need to worry about UK tax, but often they are not fully… – Continue reading

Tax-avoidance adoptions

Adoption as a means of reducing inheritance taxation is said to be common among wealthy people. In overturning a lower court decision that invalidated a late Fukushima Prefecture man’s adoption of his grandson in 2012 on the grounds that the step was a tax-saving measure, the Supreme Court has ruled… – Continue reading

UK: Offshore Trust Deadline Looming For UK Non-Doms

Individuals who will be deemed UK domicile from 6 April 2017 should be considering their options with regard to offshore trusts as a matter of priority. On 5 December 2016, the UK Government published the Reforms to the taxation of non-domiciles: further consultation outcome, which provided clarity on the following… – Continue reading

2017 Budget Law: tax relief for individuals who decide to fix their tax residence in Italy

The 2017 Italian Budget Law introduces a tax relief for individuals transferring their tax residence to Italy, in accordance with similar regimes adopted by other countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Portugal. The relief is part of a package of measures intended to facilitate investment in Italy and… – Continue reading

Italy: Italy Set To Introduce A Territorial System Of Taxation

Italy is considering a proposal to introduce a territorial system of taxation to attract high net worth individuals, including successful individuals in the sports, arts, and fashion and design sectors, who could be interested in moving to Italy to take part in these thriving sectors. The new measure is contained… – Continue reading

Final Response to Non-Dom Consultation Published

In Depth There is mixed news for affected individuals, including far-reaching changes relating to offshore trusts and a further wait (possibly until March 2017) for the rest of the draft legislation. The following are highlights from the government’s response and the draft legislation. Deeming Provisions Deemed Domiciled: Non-doms will become… – Continue reading

Abolish 20 taxes and set 15% flat rate of income tax in UK, says report

Institute for Economic Affairs says changes would make those at top 13% better off, but incomes of those at bottom would rise 26% National insurance, business rates, stamp duty, the TV licence fee and excise duties on alcohol and tobacco should be among 20 taxes abolished by the government, a… – Continue reading

HMRC adds category on penalties for offshore matters

A category has been added to HMRC’s factsheet on higher penalties for offshore matters, with the added section providing information on less extreme penalties given for territories that exchange information with the tax authority automatically Penalties for category 1 territories have been added showing them to be less extreme than… – Continue reading

Here’s the latest on the non-dom reform

What will happen to clean capital, tainted trusts and enveloped assets under the new tax regime? John Goodchild reports. The UK government has at last disclosed further details of the tax changes for UK resident non-domiciled individuals first announced in July 2015. The government remains determined to implement all the… – Continue reading

UK could lose billions by making wealthy non-doms pay more tax, experts claim

Current rules allow over 100,000 wealthy residents to pay a lower rate of tax, even if they have lived in UK for many years. The Government is risking more than £6bn of tax revenue by changing rules governing non-domiciled taxpayers, an international law firm has warned. Pinsent Masons said that… – Continue reading

OECD Advises Finland On Growth-Friendly Tax Reforms

A revenue-neutral modification of Finland’s tax structure could boost the nation’s economic growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a recently released report. Finland has already adopted some measures to make the tax structure more growth friendly in recent years, the report, Boosting Productivity in Finland, said…. – Continue reading

Brexit – The UK and International Tax Consequences

The political, economic and constitutional fallout of the UK’s referendum decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) will continue for some time. In addition to considering some of the possible domestic UK tax implications of Brexit, this OnPoint also considers some of the potential tax implications from the perspective of… – Continue reading

UK: Proposed Changes To The Non-Dom Regime From April 2017

The tax treatment of non-domiciled individuals is changing again from April 2017. The changes were first announced in the 2015 Summer Budget, and a Consultation document was issued in September 2015 setting out further details. The proposed changes target three key areas: The taxation of non-domiciled individuals who have been… – Continue reading

UK Consults On Anti-VAT Avoidance Measures

The UK Government has launched a consultation on plans to make the disclosure of value-added tax avoidance schemes (VADR) system more closely resemble the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime. According to the consultation, “VADR should be more closely aligned with DOTAS to provide early information on new avoidance… – Continue reading

Tax Avoidance: The Real Scandal Is What Multinational Companies are Getting Away With

Embarrassing our politicians and other public figures into publishing their tax returns is muddle-headed and distracting, however briefly satisfying. What we should be focused on is not what individuals are paying to the Treasury, interesting though that is, but unreasonable tax avoidance by multinational companies. There is a danger of… – Continue reading

Clampdown on tax avoidance

“We are clear. We will not stand for a minority of taxpayers continuing to seek out unacceptable ways to reduce the amount of tax they pay, and we will ensure HMRC has the tools to robustly tackle such activity.” So said David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. A clampdown… – Continue reading

French Tax Update – Recent Case Law and Other Noteworthy Publications

The present French Tax Update will focus on an overview of several noteworthy publications, including decisions issued during the past few months by the French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat) and French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel), as well as the European Commission decision in respect of the Belgian Excess Profit… – Continue reading

Birmingham Post Rich List 2016: More taxing times for non-domiciled individuals

The taxation of ‘non-UK domiciled’ individuals has been a thorny political issue as successive governments have sought to crack down on those enjoying what some have seen as an excessively benign tax regime The taxation of ‘non-UK domiciled’ individuals has been a thorny political issue as successive governments have sought… – Continue reading

Changes are afoot for rules over inheritance tax from April 2017

FROM April 2017, there will be a new main residence transferable inheritance tax threshold which will apply when a main home is passed on to a direct descendant. A direct descendent broadly means a child or grandchild and includes adopted children, foster children and stepchildren. The inheritance tax threshold, officially… – Continue reading