Trusts and Estates
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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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has opened a public pilot of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT.
The pilot is open to sole traders and companies that are up-to-date with VAT, who have not received a default surcharge in the last two years.
Some other groups will need to wait to join, including those:
- trading with the EU;
- based overseas;
- submitting VAT returns annually;
- making payments on account;
- using the VAT Flat Rate Scheme; or
- who have never submitted a VAT return in the past will need to wait to join.
HMRC has also announced that a small number of the most complex businesses will have a six-month deferral to October 2019 before they need to comply with the requirements of MTD for VAT.
MTD for VAT will require businesses with turnovers of £85,000 or more to keep digital records and make quarterly digital submissions to HMRC using ‘designated software packages’ from next April.
Link: MTD for VAT shifts to public pilot
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