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October 29, 2020

There are a number of inheritance tax-saving strategies available, but apart from giving away cash, what are ultra-wealthy individuals and families doing to mitigate their exposure to IHT?

Surrey has been labelled Britain’s inheritance tax capital by a national newspaper, the county southwest of London where the average UK inheritance tax (IHT) bill is £234,000 ($303,000).

With property prices in Surrey and across the UK continuing to rise, and the tax-free threshold (known as the ‘nil rate band’) of £325,000 ($421,000) frozen, family business owners could be forgiven for thinking that IHT is a fact of life.

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April 22, 2020

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale, Barbour family switches production from clothing to personal protection equipment, Grosvenor Estate targets help at vulnerable businesses and families.

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business, reached its goal of hiring 150,000 new employees by the end of May in less than a month and has pledged to hire an extra 50,000 staff as part of the US retailer’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

April 12, 2010

Gianluigi Gabetti, the non-family chairman of the Agnelli family’s private holding company, will step down in May to be replaced by fifth-generation family member John Elkann.

Gianluigi Gabetti, the non-family chairman of the Agnelli family's private holding company, will step down in May to be replaced by fifth-generation family member John Elkann.
 

March 18, 2010

Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen, daughter of the late Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, yesterday lost the court case she brought against her mother and three of her father’s advisors in which she claimed she had been denied her full inheritance.

Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen, daughter of the late Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, yesterday lost the court case she brought against her mother and three of her father's advisors in which she claimed she had been denied her full inheritance.
 
Fourth generation Agnelli de Pahlen claimed her father's estate had up to €1 billion in undeclared assets that had not taken into account and had called for a fuller accounting of the estate.
 

March 1, 2005

The myth that the eldest son automatically inherits the bulk of a wealthy estate or family business could be exploded once and for all, if the findings of a new study on Britain’s rich are to be believed.

Scott McCulloch is editor of Families in Business

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