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    1. December 17, 2014

      German businesses face inheritance tax shake-up

      Germany must overhaul rules that grant sweeping inheritance tax exemptions to beneficiaries of family-owned corporate...

    2. November 27, 2014

      Two rabbits for the chancellor’s hat

      Try to imagine you’re George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer. It’s the Autumn Statement next week and you’re in a...

    1. November 14, 2014

      Can I save inheritance tax through Aim shares?

      My wife and I understand that certain shares traded on the Alternative Investment Market are exempt from inheritance tax,...

    2. November 7, 2014

      When a legacy becomes too much

      When Peter Featherstone, the childless local landowner in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, dies after a lifetime spent...

    3. October 23, 2014

      Inheritances do not increase inequality, survey says

      The widely-held belief that wealth passed on through inheritance increases inequality has been called into question by new...

    4. October 17, 2014

      What are the tax implications of retiring to France?

      My husband and I reach the end of our careers this year, and are attracted by the prospect of moving abroad, particularly...

    5. October 17, 2014

      Five great inheritance tax myths

      Here we go again. David Cameron is back on the airwaves talking about inheritance tax, saying it should only be paid by...

    6. October 15, 2014

      Cameron signals inheritance tax cut

      David Cameron has hinted that he wants to deliver a cut in inheritance tax for well-off families by raising the threshold at...

    7. August 15, 2014

      Chart that tells a story . . . inheritance tax

      What does this show? Having peaked at £3.8bn in 2007-08, the amount of inheritance tax collected by HM Revenue & Customs...

    8. August 4, 2014

      Revenue seeks to curb use of trusts to avoid inheritance tax

      Inheritance tax planning for all but the UK’s super-rich will become much harder under HM Revenue & Customs plans to curb...

    9. August 1, 2014

      Inheritance tax take nears pre-recession levels

      Inheritance tax receipts are approaching their pre-crisis peak, rising to £3.4bn in 2013-14 on the back of rising house...

    10. April 11, 2014

      Inheritance should be a tax on the living

      I upset rather a lot of you with last week’s column. Some of you wrote in support of my ideas on how we should tax...

    11. April 4, 2014

      Inheritance tax set to raise highest amount since 1970s

      Inheritance tax (IHT) is forecast to yield its highest revenue since the 1970s over the next five years, according to a...

    12. April 4, 2014

      Don’t raise the inheritance tax threshold, abolish it

      I think the state in most western countries takes and spends too large a share of GDP. I think taxes across the board are...

    13. March 25, 2014

      Cameron’s IHT pledge is flawed

      As Britain approaches a general election next year, David Cameron and the Conservatives are doing all they can to win back...

    14. March 24, 2014

      Cameron signals move to raise inheritance tax threshold

      David Cameron wants to fight the next election with a revived Tory promise to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m, in...

    15. January 7, 2014

      Inheritance should not be an alternative to hard work

      The aspiring young law student Rastignac has his choice set out for him with brutal simplicity in Balzac’s 1835 novel Father...

    16. July 26, 2013

      Getting the full picture on UK inheritance tax

      I have recently been given a painting by my parents, which has been in the family for a number of generations. I have a...

    17. July 19, 2013

      How to minimise UK inheritance tax

      Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as inheritance tax (IHT). In 2007, George Osborne, the chancellor,...

    18. July 1, 2013

      Isa investment change to benefit small business

      The government is pushing ahead with measures to widen funding access for small business by giving mainstream investors new...

    19. June 14, 2013

      Life’s too short to bother with IHT avoidance

      How’s this for a business proposition? You invest a minimum of £25,000 into a new and unquoted company that promises to...

    20. March 20, 2013

      IHT avoidance schemes restricted

      Tax avoidance schemes used to reduce inheritance tax (IHT) came under fire as part of the government’s anti-avoidance...

    21. March 15, 2013

      Will my non-dom wife face a big IHT bill?

      I was shocked to learn that a colleague had been hit with a 40 per cent inheritance tax (IHT) bill following the death of...

    22. February 15, 2013

      Thousands more dragged into IHT net

      Thousands more families will be dragged into the inheritance tax (IHT) net, following a government decision to freeze the...

    23. November 23, 2012

      IHT reliefs eroded by inflation

      As George Osborne, the chancellor, reviews tax options for his Autumn Statement, experts have pointed out that many...

    24. September 23, 2012

      The reluctant billionaire

      When Chuck Feeney sold Duty Free Shoppers, the multibillion-dollar business he had cofounded 36 years earlier, to Bernard...

    25. September 21, 2012

      Was I mis-sold a film partnership scheme?

      A number of years ago I invested money in a film partnership scheme. The investment was sold to me on the basis of offering...

    26. August 17, 2012

      Am I personally liable as an executor?

      I am my father’s executor. He has quite a complex estate and I understand from doing some research that I may be personally...

    27. August 3, 2012

      Should we include Spanish property in our will?

      My wife and I have just bought a house in Spain and are keen to include the property in our will. Should we make a separate...

    28. June 25, 2012

      Top tips on reducing inheritance tax

      The government has vowed to get tougher on tax avoidance after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it is investigating tax...

    29. June 22, 2012

      Can we avoid IHT on parents’ properties?

      My parents own their own home and have a second property that they rent out. They are aged 85 and 71. Can you give my family...

    30. May 4, 2012

      Can we avoid tax on a flat for our daughter?

      My wife and I are thinking of buying a flat in London for one of our daughters to live in. We will probably sell the flat...

    31. April 27, 2012

      Spain and France

      Like its famous football teams Real Madrid and Barcelona, Spain has faced a number of upsets recently. Standard & Poor’s...

    32. April 13, 2012

      How to use the tax rules to your advantage

      Wealthy individuals can still rely on simple tax planning measures to maximise their income and investment returns,...

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