The Nil Rate Band (NRB), also known as the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold, is the amount up to which an Estate has no IHT to pay. The current allowance available on the Estate of an individual is £325,000; anything above this is taxed at 40%. The NRB applies to property passing on death together with … Continue reading What is the Nil Rate Band?
Agricultural Property Relief (APR), if obtained, allows an individual to pass on agricultural property, either in their Will or during their lifetime, free of Inheritance Tax (IHT). Business Property Relief (BPR) reduces the IHT payable on a wider class of qualifying business assets when they are left in a Will or passed on during lifetime. … Continue reading Your Redundant Farm Building could be Restricting your Inheritance Tax Relief
The recently announced National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour is expected to hit farming businesses hard. The launch of the new wage, which is replacing the National Minimum Wage, was announced in the Chancellor’s budget and represents a jump of 11% from the current £6.50 an hour. The amount is set to rise to … Continue reading Budget Brings Big Changes to Farming Businesses
There has been much publicity about the current Housing Crisis, and the Government has recognised the need to encourage new housing development. In England ‘permitted development rights’ have been extended to allow more development of farm buildings for residential use. This is a positive move for house buyers, the rural economy and land owners. … Continue reading Barn Conversions And Tax Planning
Everyone with an ownership interest in your business must understand who actually owns the property. Misunderstandings can lead to expensive litigation especially when the ‘Three Ds’ arise – Death, Development and Dispute. Lack of planning can also result in unexpectedly high tax liabilities. A simple example would be a farming partnership of father and son. … Continue reading Who Owns The Farm?
There are a number of items in the recent Budget that are important for farming businesses and landowners. However, we have identified these 2 points as particularly significant in some cases: There will be an increase in the maximum amount of Annual Investment Allowance to £500,000 from April 2014 to 31 December 2015, after which … Continue reading Budget 2014: Important Changes
For landowners looking to secure income through renewable energy development, a key decision is whether to go it alone and install and operate the project themselves, or simply to lease the land to a developer. But the two options have very different tax consequences from the perspective of capital taxes. The major concern for most … Continue reading Renewable Energy: Beware The IHT Implications!
Christmas is a time for giving...and most people are very happy if you give them money! However, it is worth remembering your allowances and exemptions for Inheritance Tax. If your estate is worth more than the Inheritance Tax threshold - £325,000 for the 2013-14 tax year - there are some important Inheritance Tax exemptions that … Continue reading Giving at Christmas – Inheritance Tax Allowances & Exemptions
Probably a question that you wouldn’t normally associate with farmhouses, or indeed, farming, but it is relevant for Inheritance Tax (IHT). Most farmers are not concerned about IHT, believing that their farm will qualify for 100% Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and in many cases the farm is the most valuable asset in their estate. Unfortunately … Continue reading “Does Your Farmhouse Pass The Elephant Test?”