Commissioners for HMRC v Parry & ors [2020] WTLR 1151

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Winter 2020 #181

The appellants were the three executors of Mrs Staveley’s estate, two of whom were also her sons. Mrs Staveley held a pension scheme on which she had decided never to draw, with the aim of maximising the death benefit that would accrue to her sons under the scheme. Under the terms of her will, her estate was to be held on trust for her two sons in equal shares. Shortly prior to her death Mrs Staveley had transferred funds from her existing pension scheme into a new personal pension plan (PPP). The motives out of which she had done so were contested between the parties, the appellants all...

IHT: The importance of motive and intent

David Rees QC, Eliza Eagling, Bryony Cove and Adam Carvalho discuss a key pensions case which resulted in a taxpayer victory ‘The FTT held that Mrs Staveley’s sole motive in making the transfer was to prevent her ex-husband benefiting on her death by severing all Morayford ties.’The case of HMRC v Parry [2017] related to …
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Trust Management: Extra time and possible penalties?

The current state of play with HMRC v Murray Group Holdings has lessons for lax trustees. Catharine Bell and Nicole Aubin-Parvu provide an update ‘HMRC argued that where an employee was given practical access to or control of monies it mattered not that he did not have absolute legal title to them.’The unsuccessful appeal by …
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Ramsay v HMRC [2013] UKUT 0226 (TCC)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | December 2013 #135

The appellant appealed against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT). The issue before the FTT was whether Mrs Ramsay had transferred to TPQ Developments Ltd (TPQ) a ‘business as a going concern’ in exchange for shares issued by TPQ so as to qualify for roll-over relief under s162 Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 (TCGA 1992). The FTT found that what Mrs Ramsay had transferred to TPQ was not a business within the meaning of s162 of the TCGA 1992.

Mr and Mrs Ramsay owned a property known as Moat House in Belfast (the property). On 1...

HMRC v Pawson [2013] UKUT 050 (TCC)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | April 2013 #128

The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) appealed from the decision of the Tax Chamber of the First tier Tribunal (FTT) dated 14 December 2011 ([2012] WTLR 665) to allow an appeal against a notice of determination dated 1 October 2008. The respondents were the personal representatives of Nicolette Vivian Pawson (Mrs Pawson). The notice had determined that Mrs Pawson’s 25% interest in a property known as Fairhaven, Thorpeness, Suffolk (Fairhaven) was subject to inheritance tax on a deemed disposal at the date of her death. Fairhaven was a large bungalow o...

McCall & anr v HMRCC [2009] NICA 12

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | December 2011 #115

The appellants were the personal representatives of Mrs Eileen McClean (the deceased), who died on 8 January 1999. The appellants claimed that 33 acres of agricultural land in the deceased’s estate, which at the date of the deceased’s death was valued at £5.8m, owing to it having been zoned for development use, was business property for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes. The respondent, HMRC, determined that no part of the value of the agricultural land transferred on death was attributable to the value of any relevant business property.

The land comprised a number of fields in grass...