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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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11 Aug 2021 Stamp duty investigations plummet by three quarters

In The Telegraph, Private Wealth Partner, Kyra Motley considers the sharp drop in stamp duty land tax investigations undertaken by HM Revenue & Customs in 2020-21.

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10 Aug 2021 Stamp Duty tax compliance checks fall by 75% in last year due to Covid disruption

The number of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) tax investigations by HMRC has fallen by 75% in the last year, from 2,096 in 2019/20 to 529 in 2020/21.

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04 May 2021 An Untapped Market for Women Supporting Women

The growth in Middle-Eastern multi-generational female wealth and the opportunities this presents for female legal advisors.

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04 May 2021 Value of private equity deals by HNWs jumps six-fold, from £132m to £958m during the pandemic

Private Wealth Partner, Kyra Motley reflects on how depressed valuations at the start of the COVID crisis have proved to be a once in decade opportunity for HNW investors.

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23 Mar 2021 IHT regime is outdated and in serious need of an overhaul

Private Wealth Partner, Kyra Motley appears on the FTAdviser In Focus podcast alongside Edward Grant, Director at St James’s Place and Nick Bird, Business Development Manager for Octopus Investment to discuss how inheritance tax (IHT) planning is in desperate need of an overhaul.

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04 Mar 2021 Inheritance Tax threshold to remain unchanged for 17 years

Today’s Budget confirmed that the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold will not be changed until 2026 at the earliest – meaning that it will have been kept at the same rate for 17 years.

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25 Mar 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: the Statutory Residence Test

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting everyone’s ability to move freely around the globe including to and from the UK.

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03 Mar 2020 New inheritance tax guidance on collateral for UK resi-property loans

Professional bodies CIOT and STEP have confirmed that after further discussion on the inheritance tax treatment of loans to finance UK residential property…

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16 Jan 2020 Use of government scheme to encourage non-dom investment in UK businesses hits record high

Use of the government scheme encouraging investment in UK businesses by non-domiciled individuals has hit a record high.

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