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Business Property Relief and Inheritance Tax for Newbies

Business Property Relief (BPR) has come a long way since its inception. Then, its primary goal was to guarantee that family-owned businesses could persevere as trading entities, after the demise or incapacitation of the owner, without the need to be broken up or sold to reimburse an inheritance tax liability. As time progressed, successive governments recognized the importance of motivating individuals to invest in trading businesses even if they don’t run the businesses themselves.

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Historically, taxable investments such as BPR were considered uncommon,, but we have seen an increase in the business listed in these areas over the years. If you’re looking to learn about BPR, the following tips may aid you in your mission.

1. Knowledge of the BPR

For some advisors, if they are unfamiliar with BPR, it can be a taxing factor. However, when they understand the investment, that fear dissipates. In most advisory client banks, there will be investors for whom fiscally efficient investments like BPR are likely to be suitable. BPR is not for every client, nor should everyone invest in it for the sake of profit. Whether it be an advisor or investor, it is better to be knowledgeable. Look into the BPR, and determine whether it is the way to go.

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2. Target-Based Risk

BPR advantages make up for its risk, but, it is mostly unclear in the client’s file that they fully understand the risks. The amount of investment due to the BPR, and any gains from it, may decrease and increase. Tax treatment is subject to certain conditions, and tax laws may alter in the future. Tax deductions depend on portfolio companies that maintain their fair share.

Stocks of companies not quoted may be less or more valuable than stocks listed on the stock exchange’s main markets. It can also be difficult to sell. It might be difficult to convince investors looking for minimum risk possible, but advisors should not necessarily be discouraged. The best method to go about BPR investment is to take risks in accordance with the client’s goals.

3. Document Suitability Thoroughly

BPR requires an unusual level of documentation. Be clear with the client that, for whatever particular reasons, they will be taking more risk than the rest of their portfolio. With BPR cases, you’ll also want to have a precise inheritance tax estimate on file and an ‘after-tax inheritance’ calculation to show the council’s impact.

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Wrapping It Up

Business Property Relief might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and there’s still a fair amount of uncertainty attached to it. However, once you learn its ropes, you’ll come to find that it isn’t all that complicated, after all.

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