What are the advantages of using BR over a trust?
Despite popular opinion, the tax advantages that a trust offers have been steadily reduced by successive Governments over the past few decades. In 2006, the Government announced reforms which meant that many assets that moved into trusts became subject to a 20% IHT levy. Not only that, in 2016, the government increased the income tax rate for dividends held in trusts and removed a 10% tax credit.
As a result, many advisers believe that families are going to lean towards a different approach to managing their inheritances.
As well as being able to obtain IHT relief up to five years faster than trusts, IHT planning using BR can also offer investors greater security and plenty of flexibility without taking away control from their estate.