Thursday, 22 September 2016

Contributed to a property purchase? Here’s how to protect your investment


Buying a property is often the biggest investment a person will make in their lifetime.  It therefore stands to reason that people want to ensure that their investment is protected.  The recent case of Haque v Raja[1] provides a reminder that, if you don’t appear on the title of a registered property that you’ve contributed to and you don’t live in it as well, you must protect your interest.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

UK residential properties held through offshore structures: a call to action

Owners of UK residential property held through offshore structures, including non-UK companies and partnerships, should urgently review their structures following the publication of a further consultation by the UK Government on 19 August 2016.  The consultation confirms that residential properties in these structures will be exposed to UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) from 6 April 2017.  The aim of the changes is to bring all UK residential properties within the charge to IHT.


For more detail on the proposal, read my briefing note available on Fladgate's website via this link: https://www.fladgate.com/rFlVC

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Trusts and the revised 4AMLD


In my 26 November 2015 blog, I wrote about the impact on trusts of the EU’s first draft of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD).  It seemed that only if the trust generated ‘tax consequences’ would the trustees have to provide details about the trust to a central register, which would not be publicly available.  However, a revised version of the draft 4AMLD was published by the European Commission on 5 July and it envisages public access to trust beneficial ownership information for certain trusts only.  The coming into force of the 4AMLD is brought forward to 1 January 2017, from 26 June 2017.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Brits abroad! Will planning for Brits with foreign assets


With the summer holiday season upon us, it’s time to dust down those dreams of owning a bolthole in your favourite part of the world, where summer means summer and the sky is always blue.  It’s not uncommon for Brits to own assets outside the UK these days and not just the infamous holiday home in the sun.  In acquiring assets abroad, though, the last thing usually considered is what happens to those assets on death and is an English Will any use in getting them sorted out?

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Brexit exits – don’t get caught out by the IHT deemed domiciled rules


Brexit uncertainties may be giving fresh impetus to many UK resident non-UK domiciliaries who are thinking about their residency plans.  However, for res non-doms, it’s important not to lose sight of another key tax change now on the horizon – the change in the Inheritance Tax (IHT) deemed domiciled rules.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Second marriage spouses and Wills: three key bear traps to avoid


Second marriage spouses sometimes have Wills that do not leave their assets to their second spouse outright.  This is particularly the case when there are children from the first marriage and the intention is to ensure that everyone – the second wife and the children from the first marriage – receive something.  For some clients, this can be a hard balancing trick to get right but careless will drafting can make the situation a lot worse.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Corporate beneficial ownership registers – where are we now?


In my last blog, I looked at automatic exchange of information regimes and this blog carries on the transparency theme but in the sphere of corporate transparency.

Britain is ‘having a transparency moment’, as some might say.  Regular readers of this blog will know that Britain has already introduced a public register of beneficial ownership and control of UK companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (see my blog of 24 March 2016), being the first of the G20 countries to do so.  However, it appears that matters will not stop there.