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02 May 2023 The perils of “DIY” wills

With Smith v Ganning offering a reminder of the importance of executing a will properly, in Today’s Wills and Probate, Geoffrey Todd reinforces the perils of “DIY” wills.

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02 Dec 2022 A gilt-edged opportunity: Inheritance tax share loss relief

Volatility in the markets is nothing new, but in recent months we have seen turmoil, not just for equities but also, less usually, for gilts.  In Taxation magazine, Private Wealth Partner, Geoffrey Todd sets out how at such times, it is useful to be reminded that our inheritance tax (IHT) rules allow relief in cases where asset values were higher at the date of someone’s death than when their personal representatives come to sell them.

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21 Jun 2022 Can I claim back tax on digital losses?

In the Financial Times, Private Wealth Partner, Geoffrey Todd considers the fluctuations in the value of your cryptoassets and whether investors who have made significant losses should claim tax relief.

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17 Nov 2021 People gifting property need to be careful not to fall into IHT trap

In the Daily Express, Private Wealth Partner, Geoffrey Todd highlights how hundreds of people are being unnecessarily caught out each year when passing assets along to the next generation, as the complexity of the Inheritance Tax regime means it’s very easy to make mistakes.

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31 Aug 2021 Edinburgh sees the UK’s biggest jump in inheritance tax bills – up 315% in a year

In a recent article in The Sunday Times, Partners Geoffrey Todd & Kyra Motley reflect on research showing growing inheritance tax bills by region and highlight how this trends is expected to continue over the next five years, as the Government has announced that the IHT allowance will remain at the current level until 2026.

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16 Aug 2021 LPA registrations dropped 23% in past year

Private Wealth Partner, Geoffrey Todd comments on how the the number of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) registered dropped 23% in the past year from 909,000 in 2019/20 to 695,000 in 2020/21.

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15 Oct 2020 The pitfalls of US/UK tax planning – the US Living Trust

While the perception of the pitfalls of US/UK tax planning has improved since this article was first written in 2011, there remains…

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02 Oct 2020 Historic Home County pays more inheritance tax than all of Scotland

Surrey is the UK’s Inheritance Tax capital, with the county’s residents paying £259m in IHT in 2017/18*

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27 Jul 2020 Making a Will during the Covid-19 pandemic

Advances in technology have been invaluable during the lockdown brought about by coronavirus but, until recently, making a Will could not be done digitally.

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26 Jul 2020 Families moving in together in lockdown risk triggering inheritance tax bills

Elderly people who have moved back into a property during lockdown that they have previously gifted to family members…

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