Billionaire Hamm’s is one of the biggest divorce settlements in history, but is it big enough?21-Nov-2014
American entrepreneur Harold Hamm, best known for his position as CEO of Continental Resources, ..
The Divorce (Financial Provisions) Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords in Jun..
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The much-anticipated judgment of Hertel, Amec v Wood and Others, regarding holiday pay, was deli..
During this National Fertility Awareness Week (w/c 27th October 2014), our family team takes a l..
Manchester law firm Kuits has been awarded a North West Top-Tier Firm recommendation in the Lega..
On 1 October 2014, changes to the Children and Families Act 2014 meant that certain individuals ..
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Mandatory Conditions Update01-Oct-2014
You will remember that on 28th May 2014 the mandatory conditions attached to all premises licenc..
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Kuits Solicitors’ Executive Partner Robert Levy (http://www.kuits.com/meet-the-team/robert..
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SWAPS Update: Is a Basic Redress Offer Fair?22-Aug-2014
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Kuits advises Hollowood Chemists in its purchase of J Simpson Chemists and Clamary Limited19-Aug-2014
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Update: Mis-selling of swaps08-May-2014
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Family Justice Reforms23-Apr-2014
The family justice reforms, which have been described as “the largest for a generation&rdq..
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 will ..
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SSP Reforms: The Impacts on your Business04-Apr-2014
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Game Changer For Landlords 24-Mar-2014
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Does your business need a BYOD policy?19-Feb-2014
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The Law Commission is set to publish a report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements on 2..
TUPE 2014: 5 KEY POINTS FOR EMPLOYERS07-Feb-2014
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Daily Internet Purchases Namehog 27-Jan-2014
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Do you own the rights to your name? 14-Jan-2014
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Swaps - Where are we now?10-Jan-2014
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New Year – New Beginning?06-Jan-2014
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Safe Harbor – Any Port in a Storm?06-Jan-2014
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Autumn Statement overview06-Dec-2013
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HMRC Clamps Down on Landlords06-Dec-2013
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It’s all in the Name06-Dec-2013
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HMRC crack down on unpaid internships HMRC has written to more than 200 employers who have rece..
Kuits advises on 'Class of 92' production02-Dec-2013
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Case Law Bulletin: Young-v-Young 27-Nov-2013
The long-awaited high profile “big money” divorce case of Young v Young finally reac..
Commercial Landlords – Time is Ticking20-Nov-2013
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Employment Law – Winter 2013 Update19-Nov-2013
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Vantage Point sold for £19.9 million 19-Nov-2013
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Charities Relieved by Court Ruling05-Nov-2013
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Direct your Attention to Direct Marketing01-Nov-2013
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Government Announces Plans to Relax Entertainment Rules The Government announced on 23rd October..
Is the Break Tide Turning?01-Nov-2013
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Payments to Incorrect Payees01-Nov-2013
Manchester Solicitors A recent case has offered comfort to banks that have processed CHAPs payme..
High Court rules that a contract can be made in two different jurisdictions In the recent case o..
Manchester Solicitors Manchester law firm Kuits Solicitors has advised family run restaurant gro..
Kuits advises Daily Internet plc25-Oct-2013
Manchester Solicitors Manchester law firm Kuits Solicitors has advised AIM listed web hosting pr..
Rent Arrears – Options for Landlords15-Oct-2013
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Bankruptcy Tourism explained09-Oct-2013
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Manchester law firm Kuits Solicitors has advised Delta Properties on the £3.9 million purc..
Construction Law Update01-Oct-2013
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Redeemable Preference Shares10-May-2013
It is not uncommon for private family companies and other privately held businesses to have significant loans due to their directors. They are a method of investing in a company but allowing for tax efficient extraction of profits at a later date and often date from the incorporation of the business.
Directors loan accounts allow for tax efficient extraction of profits from a business for higher rate tax payers rather than them paying a salary, bonus or dividend. Profits can be distributed as a part repayment of the directors loan and will suffer no tax in the directors hands. The effect of this is that whilst the company will have paid Corporation Tax on profits this is normally much less than the income tax the director would have paid themselves.
However, upon the death of a director the loan account may be subject to Inheritance Tax potentially at 40%. The payment of this tax needs to be found from somewhere and often requires a part repayment of the loan to fund it and this could put the company under financial pressure.
It is however possible to structure director's loan accounts as redeemable preference shares rather than a loan. The effect of this is that the shares can still be redeemed in the same way as loans in a tax efficient manner but once the shares have been held for 2 years they should qualify for relief from Inheritance Tax. In addition, no tax would be payable on the death of the holder.
Redeemable preference shares typically have a fixed value regardless of the performance of the company. However, the main downside when compared to a directors loan account is that if the business became insolvent the shares would rank below a loan on winding up and thus putting capital at greater risk.
However, as part if long term Inheritances Tax planning redeemable preference shares can play a great role in tax mitigation.