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A firm of solicitors needed personal taxation advice for two of its clients, but did not have a private client department. The clients were from overseas. They were buying a property in the UK and required advice on:
PWT Advice Limited was happy to help the law firm advise its clients on these issues.
A financial advisory company has received correspondence from HMRC raising assessments against a number of its clients. HMRC was arguing that offshore pensions set up by these clients were in fact 'settlor interested settlements' so that the clients should be taxed on the income and gains arising overseas. PWT Advice Limited was happy to be helping the financial advisers respond to HMRC's enquiries, to explain why offshore pensions do not fall foul of the settlement rules.
An overseas trust company had set up a pension under the new Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme rules. PWT Advice Limited advised the trust company on the impact of the new QROPS rules and on transferring assets from UK pensions to the offshore QROPS in appropriate circumstances.
It seems that trusts are viewed currently as the source of all tax-planning evil. A series of legislative changes have made trusts extremely unattractive for wealthy UK clients. This article summarises the current status of trusts in UK tax planning before reviewing the proposed alternative of family partnerships. To what extent can partnerships be used to replicate trust planning?