Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) window of opportunity for inter-spouse transfers

The issue Spouses often want to transfer property between themselves for a variety of reasons. These can include: 1. Splitting assets in…

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Divorce and capital gains tax (Should I stay or should I go now?)

The issue When spouses separate, probably the last thing on their minds is tax. However, a considerable capital gains tax liability…

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Can abortive deal costs ever be allowable?

The issue Whenever a transaction completes there are usually sellers who need to calculate their capital gains and pay tax in…

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Will capital losses have more value in the future?

The issue As a general rule when an individual makes a gain in a tax year he or she will offset…

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Simple debts are not as simple as you think!

The issue There seems to be a fairly common misconception that an individual can claim a capital loss for a debt…

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The tax blunders of Mr Khan

The case In Bostan Khan v HMRC [2020] UKUT 0168, the Upper Tribunal (UT) rejected a taxpayer’s argument that a company purchase of…

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Are you really married?

Islamic marriage Islamic faith marriages are not valid under English law, the Court of Appeal has ruled and as a result…

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Financial meltdown creates opportunities

The issue World stock markets are in disarray and anything which could act as an enjoyable distraction is being cancelled. There…

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Offshore property companies need to review UK tax reporting requirements

The issue Not so long ago offshore companies did not have too much UK tax to worry about. If they received…

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Don’t forget about investors’ relief!

The issue Investors’ Relief (IR) came in to effect for disposals from 6 April 2019 and people are forgetting about it!…

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