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March 10, 2020

In late February, news broke that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set up a new team to investigate the use of Family Investment Companies (FICS) with a focus on Inheritance Tax (IHT).

In late February, news broke that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set up a new team to investigate the use of Family Investment Companies (FICS) with a focus on Inheritance Tax (IHT).

May 12, 2017

Family business specialists are calling on the British government not to reintroduce plans to cut tax breaks on dividends but some observers say the measures are likely to be brought back after the forthcoming general election.

Family business specialists are calling on the British government not to reintroduce plans to cut tax breaks on dividends but some observers say the measures are likely to be brought back after the forthcoming general election.

As part of a wider downsizing of an unusually lengthy piece of legislation, the British government put aside proposals in its 2017 Finance Bill to cut the dividend tax-free allowance from £5,000 to £2,000 ($6,468 to $2,587).

March 3, 2014

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Arthur T had argued that a board member, who had voted in favour of a large dividend pay out, was not independent and his votes should be nullified.

Market Basket, founded initially as a small grocery store in 1917, has annual revenues of more than $4 billion and employs 18,000.

March 2, 2010

Oualcomm, the family-controlled communications company, announced yesterday it plans to buy back up to $3 billion of its shares whilst also increasing its quarterly cash dividend by 12%.

Oualcomm, the family-controlled communications company, announced yesterday it plans to buy back up to $3 billion of its shares whilst also increasing its quarterly cash dividend by 12%.

The stock buyback programme replaces a $2 billion stock repurchase that recently completed with a $1.7 billion uptake, the company said in a statement. The quarterly dividend will increase from $0.17 to $0.19 per share of common stock.

February 20, 2009

Arthur Sulzberger Jr, chairman of family-controlled New York Times Company, has defended the decision of the board to suspend its quarterly dividend.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr, chairman of family-controlled New York Times Company, has defended the decision of the board to suspend its quarterly dividend.

The suspension applies to both the media giant's Class A and Class B common stock and will put further pressure on the extended family who rely on such dividends. Last November, the company reduced the payout level of its fourth-quarter dividend to $.06 per from $.23 per share.

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