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July 10, 2015

UK government proposals to abolish permanent non-domiciled status and reduce the status timeframe to 15 years could lead to “a mass exodus of older money”, a private client lawyer predicts.

UK government proposals to abolish permanent non-domiciled status and reduce the status timeframe to 15 years could lead to “a mass exodus of older money”, a private client lawyer predicts.

Ashley King-Christopher, private wealth and family office partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said the change to the non-domiciled status was “a surprise that is going to be unhelpful for older money”.

However he added that corporation tax changes could boost the attractiveness of London as a family office centre.

December 22, 2014

A court ruling in Germany making tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for family businesses illegal may cause concern in the UK, a British law firm has warned.

A court ruling in Germany making tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for family businesses illegal may cause concern in the UK, a British law firm has warned.

December 17, 2014

Germany’s highest court has this morning ruled a 2009 law that provides tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for the country’s family business illegal and unconstitutional.

Germany’s highest court has this morning ruled a 2009 law that provides tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for the country’s family businesses illegal and unconstitutional.

The Federal Constitutional Court said the law violated the principle of fair taxation as it provides special treatment to some companies.

But family business advocates say the new ruling could unfairly disadvantage firms that are family owned, compared to competitors that don't face inheritance tax bills.

June 9, 2014

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Analysts have been speculating about the future of the company following the hospitalisation of second-generation chairman Lee Kun-hee last month after a heart attack.

May 14, 2014

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

February 8, 2012

The British government doesn’t plan on changing inheritance tax support for family businesses, despite a recent report from one of the country's top universities recommending the removal of business property relief. 

The British government doesn’t plan on changing inheritance tax support for family businesses, despite a recent report from one of the country's top universities recommending the removal of business property relief. 

September 6, 2011

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

November 1, 2004

Britain’s former primer minister John Major wanted wealth to “cascade down the generations” through pension reforms. Now New Labour is tinkering with future of family wealth. Is your family trust fund safe? Matt Pitcher explains

Matt Pitcher is a financial consultant at Towry Law.
mpitcher@towrylaw.com

Britain's former primer minister John Major wanted wealth to "cascade down the generations" through pension reforms. Now New Labour is tinkering with future of family wealth. Is your family trust fund safe? Matt Pitcher explains

The UK's recent proposed changes to pensions are the widest ranging since the introduction of personal pensions in the 1980s. What many people haven't grasped is how the changes will affect them, their companies and their staff.
 

November 1, 2004

Setting up a discretionary trust can help reduce an inheritance tax bill. But, as Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall explains, retiring family businesses owners can also retain a good measure of control over their enterprise

Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall is a consultant with Toby Harris Tax Consultancy.

Setting up a discretionary trust can help reduce an inheritance tax bill. But, as Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall explains, retiring family businesses owners can also retain a good measure of control over their enterprise

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