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40% UK inheritance tax: What Omani investors must know

40% UK inheritance tax: What Omani investors need to know

According to the British government, the Finance (No two) Act 2017 has created some modifications relating to the ownership of residential home. Before April six, 2017, residential properties in the UK owned by non-UK domiciled people via an offshore structure – a organization incorporated outdoors of the UK – was not topic to inheritance tax.

As the shares of the organization had been not positioned in the UK they had been regarded as to be excluded home and not inside the scope (unless the person was deemed domiciled in the UK via years of UK residence).

The new rule (from April six, 2017) implies that shares of an offshore organization are no longer excluded home for inheritance tax, as their industry worth are attributable to a UK residential home. While the rule brings foreign assets and the worth of that home inside the scope of inheritance tax, it will apply in the exact same way for non-UK domiciled Omanis as they do for other nationalities.

Speaking to Muscat Daily
, a British Embassy spokesperson in Muscat stated, “On April 6, 2017, new rule came into effect relating to the ownership of UK residential property. The new rule applies uniformly to any foreign investor not domiciled in the UK.”

The scope of inheritance tax is not confined to only death, it contains charges on lifetime transfers and on home held in, or leaving, particular trusts. Upon an individual’s death, there might be inheritance tax to spend.

The private representatives of the individual’s estate need to fill the relevant inheritance tax types, disclosing their interest in the UK residential home and spend any inheritance tax if it is due.

Tim Searle, chairman of Globaleye, a organization that offers monetary organizing options to more than 15,000 clientele worldwide, stated, any foreign owner of a UK residential home is now liable to 40 per cent tax on death primarily based on the worth at that time and irrespective of structure.

“After the international monetary crisis and the Brexit negotiations, the UK government sought to improve taxes on home held via structures by introducing a raft of anti-avoidance measures. The UK government can appear via these structures to the UBO (ultimate helpful owner) and levy this tax accordingly.

“So, structures typically offered through lawyers, bankers and fiduciary professionals to foreign investors are no longer effective, which means on death, the investor is liable for this 40 per cent charge. This tax is based on the value of the property at time of death and must be paid to the UK taxman before the asset can be passed on to the family/estate,” he told Muscat Daily
.

“So, selling the property to pay the tax bill is not an option. If we consider who and how many investors this will affect, the statistics is quite staggering and may give an insight as to why the market values, particularly in London, have softened of late. A recent report showed that close to half of all UK properties owned by overseas structures are in London.”

On choices accessible for owners who are now faced with this reality, Searle stated, “An overview in conjunction with professional advisors can yield a cost-effective solution to protect your property. This is a wake-up call to all foreign owners and it would appear that the tax penny is only starting to drop now. Many advisory companies in this region are either unaware or have ignored this change to the detriment of clients. Certainly, realty companies selling UK property do not highlight this point to prospective buyers that they are exposing themselves to a 40 per cent inheritance tax for fear of losing the sale.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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