Changes to Probate Fees

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Probate, Professional Services, Tax | Comments Off on Changes to Probate Fees

Probate fees are due to rise in May 2017. Following a consultation in 2016, significant increases in the fees payable for a grant of probate are due in May this year.  Currently the system requires a flat fee to be paid, which is, if carried out through a solicitor, £155 and if not, the fee is £215.  This will change in May to a banded fee, relative to the value of assets and the estate.  A table below shows the potential costs and significant potential increase, which could have implications on families, assets held and businesses involved within the probate. Value of Estate (before...

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BPR on commercial property

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Tax | 0 comments

The Trustees of David Zetland Settlement v HMRC (2013) In a First Tier Tribunal case reported on the 1st May 2013 the question of when a business consists of ‘wholly or mainly making or holding investments’ (IHTA 1984 s105(3)) was considered. A business that falls into this category will not be ‘relevant business property’ eligible for Business Property Relief (BPR) from Inheritance Tax. The David Zetland Settlement owned, amongst other things, the head lease of a 140,000 sqft commercial building in Scrutton Street, EC2. The building was divided into 53 separate units. These were let as...

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Landowners borrowing an inheritance tax advantage

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Tax | 0 comments

Please see the attached article on the affect on landowners of the changes proposed in the Finance (no.2) Bill 2013 to the treatment of liabilities on assets within a deceased person’s estate. This may result in increased IHT being payable as a result of reductions in claims for Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR). Liabilities and IHT article

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