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Budget George Osborne in July 2015 said that all UK homeowners would benefit from estate taxes regardless of how the property was owned. Now that the Finance Act has been published on 5 December 2016, there is a detailed description of how these regulations will work from 6 April 2017.
Whilst in many ways the regulations will work as promised, the regulations on credit are much broader than expected and will deal with many things that previously seemed to be outside them. Which is subject to taxation? Shareholdings - the supreme (individual or trustee) shareholder (s) of UK non-residential UK owned close owned UK resident enterprises are deemed to be UK domiciled and therefore subject to estate duty.
Twinning - Partner in twinning are also considered to have direct British site ownership and not an interest in the twinning. Service reservation - special caution is required in agreements where a property has been donated (particularly in trust) but the donor/settler keeps the use of the property or is not entirely barred from the trustee's assets, as both the personal and fiduciary estate taxes may arise.
Exceptions - widely used enterprises (generally those not controlled by five or fewer persons) are excluded from these regulations, as are enterprises or unincorporated firms where UK home ownership represents less than 1% of their aggregate wealth. Appraisal - in any case, the value of the shares/shareholders is subject to tax, not the value of the property itself, so rebates can be applicable to non-controlling interests.
Payables such as loans/mortgage are deductable when calculating the value liable to estate duty. Private individual - Up to 40% estate duty is levied on UK property owned on decease or by a trustee from whom the trustor can profit or which has been given away in the last seven years (but after 6 April 2017).
The estate duty is levied on the value of UK home ownership at a maximum of 6% on each 10th anniverary of the creation of the estate or on the assets disbursed to a recipient. Ability to deduct - as explained above, for the purposes of the calculation of the value liable to estate duty, credits and mortgage payments are eligible for deduction, except for various limitations already applicable to directly owned real estate:
As a rule, a loan is deductable only if it has been used to purchase (or improve) the interest in the UK property. Obligation to pay estate duty - in an unforeseen case, the value resulting from the right to repay a loan taken out to purchase, retain or improve a UK home or to purchase a business that owns a UK home will also be liable to estate duty, as will a straight interest in a property.
In addition, the value of any securities, sureties or guarantees given by a debtor or third parties in respect of such loan is also liable to estate duty. That means that wherever (i) resources have been provided to fund the acquisition or extension of a property or (ii) are made available to assist the acquisition or extension, those resources are liable to estate duty.
The following agreements apply: any extra collateral provided by a Mortgagor for a Hypothec; any collateral provided by a Mortgagor under "Lombard Loans" or similar agreements; Bank of Mum and Dad lending to a child; warranties from members of a parent's household, business or trust. The amount taxable under these regulations is not limited, and while the right to repay a loan is subject to principal, the value of the securities provided may significantly outweigh the value of the property acquired and lead to a greater estate duty burden.
For the same assets, it is also possible that there may be dual burdens on estate taxes. There is no extinction of the obligation to pay estate duty in the event of a disposal, loan redemption or provision of a security/guarantee, and the income from the disposal, redemption or provision of securities remains liable to estate duty for a further two years.
Inhabitants of United Kingdom IHT contracting states ( France, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA) are liable to this fee only if there is no estate duty on the same rateable operation in their home state. At present, India, Pakistan and Sweden do not levy death duties and their inhabitants will therefore be liable to UK taxation, but inhabitants of other jurisdictions may avoid the burden of UK taxation.
It is expected that all UK home ownerships will need to be re-examined and taxation will need to be examined as a matter of urgency so that any corrective measures can be taken before 6 April 2017. Furthermore, any credit or surety agreements made to support the acquisition of UK property must also be subject to urgent review so that corrective measures can be taken before 6 April 2017.
Where a change of owners is necessary, such as a gift between members of the immediate families or the distribution of a trust, it must be concluded before 6 April 2017. In particular, the reservation of benefits must be determined and evaluated before 6 April 2017 in order to avoid duplication of taxation. Since ATED was introduced in 2013,'owner-occupied' housing has been liable to an annuity (up to £220,350).
A number of these arrangements have been retained because of the legacy taxes they provide and the costs of "development". As of 6 April 2017, these arrangements will no longer provide legacy taxation cover. In addition, with a dividend income of 20%, probably a long-term low and the real estate markets in a kind of collapse, and now is probably the best moment to develop.
Budget George Osborne in July 2015 said that all UK homeowners would benefit from estate taxes regardless of how the property was owned.