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February 5, 2021

Statistics from the UK government’s tax office show the amount of Inheritance Tax (IHT) families are paying has soared from £2.9 billion ($3.9 billion) in 2011-12 to £5.2 billion ($7.1 billion) in 2019-20—this in part reflects the rise in asset values since 2008, and in particular skyrocketing property prices in London and the south-east of England.

Statistics from the UK government’s tax office show the amount of Inheritance Tax (IHT) families are paying has soared from £2.9 billion ($3.9 billion) in 2011-12 to £5.2 billion ($7.1 billion) in 2019-20—this in part reflects the rise in asset values since 2008, and in particular skyrocketing property prices in London and the south-east of England.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

October 7, 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

What the new powers mean

May 26, 2020

Family offices increasingly have to navigate the complexities of cross-border legal issues: a necessary side-effect of globalisation. The family office will consequently need advisers on issues such as tax, estate planning and regulation that covers all countries in the mix, and advice on succession planning is increasingly featuring high up on the family office to-do list.

Family offices increasingly have to navigate the complexities of cross-border legal issues: a necessary side-effect of globalisation. The family office will consequently need advisers on issues such as tax, estate planning and regulation that covers all countries in the mix, and advice on succession planning is increasingly featuring high up on the family office to-do list.

April 24, 2020

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

Shareholdings

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).

February 18, 2020

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

November 26, 2019

More than half of family offices have a succession plan in place, up a remarkable 11 percentage points in a year, and most (28%) of next gens will take control of the family wealth in the next 11 plus years, at the average age of 45, says The Global Family Office Report 2019. However, the biggest challenge facing the majority (37%) of families is their discomfort in discussing the sensitive topic of succession planning.

More than half of family offices have a succession plan in place, up a remarkable 11 percentage points in a year, and most (28%) of next gens will take control of the family wealth in the next 11 plus years, at the average age of 45, says The Global Family Office Report 2019. However, the biggest challenge facing the majority (37%) of families is their discomfort in discussing the sensitive topic of succession planning.

July 11, 2017

The critical issues facing family businesses and how family owners can ensure their businesses remain successful were on the agenda of a seminar last month hosted by Kim Lalli, senior partner of Wedlake Bell and founder of the firm’s India practice and Sonu Bhasin, founder of Families and Business. Rosalyn Breedy, corporate and financial services partner at Wedlake Bell, reports.

The critical issues facing family businesses and how family owners can ensure their businesses remain successful were on the agenda of a seminar last month hosted by Kim Lalli, senior partner of Wedlake Bell and founder of the firm’s India practice and Sonu Bhasin, founder of Families and Business. Rosalyn Breedy, corporate and financial services partner at Wedlake Bell, reports.

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