Musings from Manchester: Candidate for change

Geoffrey Shindler looks beyond these shores for a possible vision of IHT reform At the moment the IHT position in the UK is strange and illogical and encourages avoidance or rather encourages evasion. We British are a very insular lot – pun intended. We live on an island which makes us an insular people and …
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Musings from Manchester: Who is responsible?

Geoffrey Shindler examines the government’s vision for a streamlined future tax administration system Will HMRC blame me if my tax return is wrong but the information which has been put into it by HMRC is supplied by somebody else who has made the mistake? A corporate report from HMRC and HM Treasury tells us that …
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Musings from Manchester: Updating trusts

Geoffrey Shindler examines the scope of the Law Commission’s latest project I am sure none of us will object to a wholesale review of trust law so long as it is done on the basis that there are problems which need to be resolved. What we do not need is reform, ie change, for its …
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Musings from Manchester: If it ain’t broke…

Geoffrey Shindler questions recent changes to the probate process, which have created delays for practitioners and their clients Probate is now becoming contentious, not in the sense of clients arguing with each other but rather because of the frustration that practitioners and clients are experiencing as a result of current changes to the probate system. …
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Musings from Manchester: What’s on your wish list?

In view of the ongoing consultations on reforming the tax system, Geoffrey Shindler debates its philosophical basis Currently, there are consultation papers which are being considered by us on inheritance tax (the tax on death and other events) and the tax on capital gains tax so I am wondering whether we now have the opportunity …
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