The British government's policy of refusing to pay widowed parent's allowance to a surviving unmarried cohabitant with children is incompatible with the discrimination provisions of article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the UK Supreme Court has decided.
The UK Supreme Court has unanimously refused to grant Tini Owens' divorce petition, issued in May 2015, but contested by her husband.
Individuals who have been ordered to pay enormous 'loan charges' next April to settle their past use of contractor loan tax avoidance schemes have now been given the chance to spread the payments over five years.
The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Maria Mills is not entitled to higher maintenance payments from her husband to make up for the fact that she has lost most of the GBP230,000 capital sum she was granted on their divorce 16 years ago.
A furnished holiday letting business qualified for business property relief (BPR) from inheritance tax because it provided guests with an 'exceptional level of service and amenities', and so did not consist wholly or mainly of making or holding investments.
Research from the Residential Landlords Association suggests that 133,000 dwellings will be taken out of the English private rental sector during the coming year. The main cause is legislation restricting landlords' mortgage interest relief to the basic rate of income tax, and the 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of additional homes.
A report on the state of the British will-writing market has found that 45 per cent of adults have now executed a will. The proportion is well up on last year's 39 per cent, reflecting the increasing prevalence of property ownership, says estate administration specialist Kings Court Trust. The number of family disputes over wills has also increased year on year.
The England and Wales Court of Protection has retrospectively approved GBP73,000 of GBP88,000 that the son of a 95-year-old man with dementia withdrew from his father's bank account under an enduring power of attorney, and which he said were gifts to him.
Jacqueline Dobson has lost her claim to a share of a Devonshire farm owned by her former cohabitant Matthew Griffey, having failed to prove the existence of a common intention constructive trust, or a right of proprietary estoppel.
HM Treasury's Office for Tax Simplification has published the terms of reference for its coming review of the inheritance tax system, as announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond on 19 January.
A hospital has agreed to pay GBP45,000 compensation to the family of an 81-year-old woman whom it kept alive for nearly two years by feeding her through a stomach tube, even though she had previously signed an advance directive requesting the contrary.
INHERITANCE TAX: Appeal court restricts charitable IHT exemption to UK charities
Furnished holiday let owners' entitlement to 100 per cent business property relief from inheritance tax has been put in doubt by the First Tier Tax Tribunal's ruling in Re the Estate of Marjorie Ross (2017 UKFTT 507 TC).
The UK Supreme Court has granted a divorced woman permission to challenge the terms of her undertaking, given in a 2010 consent order, that she would release her ex-husband from paying the mortgage on the matrimonial home within two years, if necessary by selling it. Mrs Birch seeks to postpone her obligation to secure the husband's release from the mortgage, being reluctant to move home because her children go to schools nearby.
HMRC's inheritance tax receipts continued their sharp rise in May 2017. Receipts for April and May 2017 were 34.2 per cent higher than in the same period last year, taking the amount collected in the 12 months to May 2017 above the GBP5 billion-mark for the first time.