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Old May 6th 19, 10:10 AM posted to
David Woolley[_2_] David Woolley[_2_] is offline
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Default paying a solicitor for inheritance tax

On 05/05/2019 18:57, lid wrote:

At some point in the next few years, I will have to pay UK inheritance
tax on a UK residential property, probably in the neighbourhood of
50,000 pounds.

I would like to pay the solicitors the GBP 50,000 now, before the
person dies. I have no use for the money (seriously) and it would
simplify matters (for me) when the person dies if the lawyers had the
money in their account.

Just the arrangement itself is going to need specialist advice. What you
seem to want is for them to operate as trust for you. It may well be
treated as a discretionary trust, although with current interest rates,
it would probably only attract standard rate tax, although it would cost
money to administer it.

If it just amounts to a bare trust, I don't see what advantage it gives
to you over keeping it the bank.

You need to be absolutely sure that you won't need it in the meantime,
otherwise there could be a question of deprivation of capital for means
tested state benefits.

I'm guessing you have been given the property as a gift with reservation
of interest, which is why it is not a PET, but the gifter hasn't got he
funds to cover the tax and you don't want to sell it to cover the tax bill.