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For over 170 years we have specialised in meeting the legal, financial and administrative needs of individuals and families, family trusts, charities and private companies.

Inheritance Tax – Shortcomings of the New Main Residence Nil-Rate Band

In the Summer Budget, the Government formally announced their long promised plans to increase the Inheritance Tax threshold. In summary, your estate will be entitled to a new tax free allowance (the “MRNRB”) if a direct descendant inherits your home. This Blog will not outline the details of MRNRB but highlight some examples of individuals for whom it will provide little or no benefit:-

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Update regarding Public Registries of Trusts

In June last year, I posted a Blog regarding European Parliament proposals under draft anti-money laundering rules for public registries of trusts. (See http://www.murraybeith.co.uk/blog?id=15). The terms of the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive were finally agreed at the end of 2014 and the good news is that these are much less far reaching than previous drafts of the Directive.

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More Potential Changes to the Inheritance Tax treatment of Trusts

In July, I posted a Blog regarding the Government’s proposals to change the Inheritance Tax treatment of certain types of trusts. In particular, the Government suggested that there should only be a single nil-rate band available to be shared among all trusts established by the same individual after 7 June 2014. In the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Government announced that that proposal (which had met with heavy opposition) would not be taken forward.

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Holiday Pay Ruling

On Tuesday this week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled on three test cases against engineering company AMEC, industrial services firm Hertel and maintenance company Bear Scotland. The long-awaited decision concerned whether overtime payments should be included in an employee’s holiday pay entitlements.

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Tribunal Fees

The most recent Employment Tribunal statistics were published earlier this month and a discernible, but perhaps not altogether unsurprising, trend is emerging: claim numbers have continued to fall since the introduction of the fee regime in July 2013. Between April - June 2014 Employment Tribunals across the UK received 70% fewer single claims than they did in the same period in 2013. 

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