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Running a Successful Business is not a walk in the park by any standard. Most people who have accumiltaed wealth during their lifetime, usually are business owners.
It is important to realise that a business is not you, and that a thriving business runs in spite of you as a director or owner. However you probably make a lot of major decisions relating to the day to day running of the business. You may even have multiple business partners who owns a share in the business.
Some very important questions that every business owner must ask themselves at some stage (sooner rather than later) is:
A successful business could also be a very powerful tool for protecting against the payment of Inheritance Tax (upto 100% of the business value could be used to offset any inheritance Tax liability).
Click here to get further insight into how being a business owner has a lot of benefits when planning your estate and see if your business will qualify.
Being a residential landlord has been quite a challenge over the years in the UK. Tax is always a big deal with being a property developer/ Landlord.
Once upon a time it was possible to offset mortgage expenses and seperate them from your personal tax and income, not anymore!
When it comes to Estate Planning, the biggest challenge with helping wealth clients with relatively large portfolios (between 5 and 50 properties or more) is The Big Tax Challenge.
Landlords tend to have large estates and face a massive Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains tax challenge without careful planning.
It's imperative to get the right advice, and unfortunately, It's not your accountant that will have all the answers. You need Estate Planning Advice first!
There are still quite a few ‘Jems' within the current legislation that can be utilised to help manage and minimise any event of tax especially upon death, however, the sooner you get started with planning, the easier it will be and more time to take advantages of opportunities.
Asset Protection is one of those silent heros that only get sdiscovered once one is at risk of loosing something valuable.
There are multiple threats ready to attack at any given time….e.g.
It's imperative that one gives serious thought on how to protect your assets, even if not for yourself, but for your children and your future generation.
For more focused information on the importance of Asset Protection and Strategies available, get in touch with our team today
Inheritance Tax is the Tax that is charged on a person's Estate once they die. The value of the estate must be less than a certain value in order for the Tax to be deemed Exempt. That special figure or value is known as the Nil Rate Band and atthe time of writing is capped at £325,000.
In other words, if you died (yesterday) and the net value your estate is less than £325,000 the effectively there would be no Inheritance Tax due. That's the ‘long and short' of the basic Inheritance Tax rules (but it is more complicated than this)
Many people have concerns about the Payment of Inheritance tax. Rightly so, as more and more people are now liable for the tax and the government receipts are increasing more and more every year.
Unfortunately, people are getting wealthier, especially if they are property owners. So it is imperative to take immediate action and to be decisive
Pensions are a funny breed of financial product. They are important but they have a very potent and latent effect for families and a good estate planner would have to lay out all of your options related to your estate and Inheritance Tax.
Most pensions do not form part of one's estate directly, but on death, a lump sum would normally be made available to loved ones.
Rarely would a separate trust be set up to receive the funds on behalf of the beneficiaries so this opens up a horrible can of worms known as generational Inheritance tax if not dealt with early and prevented.
There's also the challenge with trust administration, so just setting up a trust may not be the right advice for you. Why?
Well trusts require administration also and just like a ltd company, they have their own set of rules and taxes. If not planned carefully then there could be hefty charges of inheritance tax down the line and could very easily catch many, many families by surprise.
So, if you have a large pension pot or have family members who may have large pension pots, it's imperative they talk to us immediately!
Please note the above content is not and should ne be construed as giving financial or pension advice, only an FCA Qualified IFA can give financial advice
Trusts are amazing vehicles if used correctly, but in our experience, many people are not getting the ‘FULL' picture of trusts and how they work, especially the part related to tax and Charges specific to trusts.
Did you know that trusts are subject to certain types of charges such as Entrance charges, Exit charges and Anniversary Charges.
Most people are not aware of the Anniversary charges which occur every 10 years and it's when the assets of a trust get revalued.
Typically (a ballpark figure) the Anniversary charge can be as much as 6% of the Trust fund. Now, unless that figure is planned for and assuming there's actually liquid funds available to pay it, this can be a very expensive surprise to most people who possess trusts in the UK.
Do you know if your trust is potentially liable for an anniversary or periodic charge?
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