In helping you to plan for inheritance tax minimisation, it may be beneficial to consider your estate and trusts.
Trusts enable assets to be given away while still retaining some control over them. Income can be paid to different persons with the capital ultimately going to other persons.
The main types of trusts which are used for tax planning purposes are the following:
- Interest in possession trust: this type is one in which one or more of the beneficiaries has a right to receive the trust income or has the use and enjoyment of the trust fund.
- Discretionary trust: this type is one where the payment of any trust income is at the discretion of the trustees.
- Accumulation and maintenance trust: this type is a suitable vehicle where the beneficiaries are under the age of 25.
We can review your existing trusts with a view to ascertaining their current tax efficiency or review your circumstances and advise on the most efficient kind of trust to meet your requirements. We will also examine draft trust deeds to ensure that they achieve your needs and will result in the most beneficial tax advantages for you.
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If you have lived abroad for six or months or more in a year, you are classed as a “non-resident landlord”, and the income you receive from renting out your home whilst abroad is taxable in the UK.
This needs to be declared to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), but you do not necessarily need to file a tax return.
Non-resident landlords can choose to be taxed in one of two ways:
- Through self-assessment (SA). SA tax returns must be filed by the 31 January deadline if you do it online, or by 31 October if you choose to do it by paper. If you haven’t registered for SA, you must do so by 5 October.
- At source, deducted by your letting agent or tenant.
If you choose to get your rent in full and pay tax via SA, you’ll need to fill in a form NRL1i, found here. If previous tax returns are outstanding, or if tax is owed, your application may not get approved.
Even if you are a non-resident landlord, your £11,500 personal tax allowance still applies.
You might also need to pay Capital Gains Tax if you make a gain when you sell residential property in the UK.