Inheritance tax (IHT) is affecting more and more of us. With the tax-free threshold frozen at just £325,000 until 2018 and property values continuing to rise, it is increasingly likely that IHT will bite into the legacy you want to leave.
After accumulating assets over a lifetime, having your family and other beneficiaries pay 40% tax when you die can be hard to accept, particularly when you have paid tax on your earnings for most of your life.
Traditional methods for mitigating IHT concentrate on creating trusts and gifting capital. Trusts can take several years to become effective and can be complex and expensive to set up and administer. They also usually result in you losing control of and access to your money. Gifts can also have tax consequences and you immediately lose control of your capital.
At Blackfinch Investments Ltd (Blackfinch), we recognise your need for an IHT mitigation strategy that offers:
— IHT relief faster than 7 years
— Control of and access to your capital if required
— Preservation of your capital
— Transparency of underlying investments
— Diversification into a range of assets and sectors
— A simple process that doesn’t involve complex legal structures or
— A cost efficient solution
We have therefore developed the ‘Blackfinch IHT Portfolios’, to give you faster and simpler IHT mitigation. Our approach keeps you in control of your money and targets a return on your investment, as well as the option to withdraw capital should you require it.
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Business Property Relief
Business Property Relief is a tax relief that was introduced by the UK government in 1976. HMRC even has a generous replacement property rule which says that if someone sells an asset that
qualifies for BPR, they can reinvest the all proceeds of the sale in a new BPR investment within three years and qualify for BPR immediately.
The relief is one of the most important reliefs available within the scope of IHT as it reduces the value of certain assets liable by up to 100%. Relief is available
for certain investments including shares in qualifying unquoted companies. The investor to hold the shares for two years prior to them being transferred upon death, or if you acquire
the shares on the death of a spouse/civil partner then their period of ownership counts towards yours.
Blackfinch will only invest in companies that we are confident will qualify for Business Property Relief and we will always obtain independent verification to this effect. Business Property Relief is now well-established and has been used over many years to successfully help individuals and their families save 40% inheritance tax.
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Blackfinch House, Chequers Close, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1GP
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Risk Warnings (IHT Portfolios)
The investments referred to on this website may not be suitable for all investors and we recommend that you seek independent tax and financial advice before making a decision.
You should carefully consider all the risks relating to each investment. The following risk factors relate to the Blackfinch IHT Portfolios and you should carefully consider whether an investment in the Blackfinch IHT Portfolios is suitable for you in light of your personal circumstances.
Values and Returns: No representation is or can be made as to the future performance of the Blackfinch IHT Portfolios or that the Blackfinch IHT Portfolios will receive the level of returns contained in this Brochure. The assumptions are assumptions only and these may not be realised. Blackfinch IHT Portfolio invests in small, unquoted companies. Your capital is at risk and the investment return is not guaranteed. The value of your investment and the returns you receive are dependent on the value of the assets in the company or companies that Blackfinch IHT Portfolios invests your money into, and any income they earn.
Taxation: Any changes to the taxation environment or HMRC practice may affect investment returns. Accordingly, you will have your own tax position to consider and must take your own independent professional advice in this matter. You may be liable to make tax payments on any amounts you withdraw from the investment. Future Performance: Past performance does not imply that future trends will follow the same or a similar pattern. Forecasts made in this Brochure may not be achieved. There is a risk that you will not get back the full amount invested.
Liquidity: Blackfinch IHT Portfolios is a long term investment. Shares in qualifying companies have to be held for at least two years at the date of death in order to benefit from the IHT relief. Investments made by Blackfinch IHT Portfolios are in unquoted companies and therefore are not readily realisable, unlike companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Any disposal of shares, whether regular or one off, will reduce the value of your portfolios and erode future returns and such disposals will cease to qualify for BPR.
Business Property Relief (BPR): We will invest in companies which we reasonably believe qualify for BPR, but we can give no commitment that any such investment will remain a qualifying investment at all times in the future. The relief is assessed by HMRC on a case-by-case basis at the time of death of the investor, as part of the probate process, and therefore cannot be guaranteed. The proportion of the investment that is deemed to qualify at that time, assuming it has been held for at least two years and is still held at time of death, can be passed to beneficiaries free of IHT. The two-year timeframe begins when HMRC deems the investment has become BPR qualifying, which may be later than the investment date.
Conflicts of Interest: Blackfinch IHT Portfolios investee companies may acquire shares in, or assets from, other companies managed by Blackfinch Investments Limited. They may also make loans to other entities which are managed by Blackfinch Investments Limited or in which Blackfinch Investments Limited has a financial interest. All loans and transactions will be on an arm’s length basis and will be ratified by the non executive directors of the Blackfinch IHT Portfolios investee companies.
Risk Warnings (EIS Portfolios)
You should carefully consider all the risks relating to each investment. The following risk factors relate to the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios and you should carefully consider whether an investment in the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios is suitable for you in light of your personal circumstances.
Values and Returns: The capital invested in the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios is at risk. The value of your investment may go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount invested. There is no guarantee that the targeted return per annum will be achieved. No representation is made or can be made as to the future performance of the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios, or that the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios will receive the level of returns contained in this brochure. The assumptions are assumptions only and these may not be realised. The value of your investment and the returns you receive are dependent on the value of the assets in the investee company that Blackfinch EIS Portfolios invests your money into and any income it earns.
Taxation: Any changes to the taxation environment or HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) practice may affect investment returns. Rates of tax, tax benefits and allowances described in this brochure are based on current legislation and HMRC practice and depend on personal circumstances. These may change from time to time and are not guaranteed. Accordingly, you will have your own tax position to consider and must take your own independent professional advice in this matter. You may be liable to make tax payments on any amounts you withdraw from the investment.
Qualifying Investments: We will invest in an investee company which we reasonably believe to be EIS qualifying at the time of investment, but please note there is no guarantee that the investee company will remain EIS qualifying at all times thereafter, or that EIS tax reliefs will be available to investors. A failure of the investee company to meet the qualifying requirements of EIS legislation could result in the withdrawal of EIS tax benefits that have already been obtained, and the requirement to repay any rebated tax. There is no guarantee as to the timing of the availability of the EIS3 certificates that are needed in order to claim EIS tax benefits. Your obtaining the EIS tax benefits is subject to you making the appropriate filings with HMRC. Please note that you will need to hold the investment for at least three years to retain the benefit from the EIS tax reliefs.
Business Relief: The nature of the activities undertaken by the investee company in which we invest in is such that the company will also qualify for Business Relief. Unlike the EIS tax benefits, it is not possible to obtain any assurance from HMRC that the investee company will qualify for this relief; it is assessed by HMRC on a case by case basis at time of death of the investor, as part of the probate process. The proportion of the investment that is deemed to qualify at that time, assuming it has been held for at least two years and is still held at time of death, can be passed to beneficiaries, free of inheritance tax. The two year time frame commences when HMRC deem the investment has become Business Relief qualifying, which may be later than the investment date.
Future Performance: Past performance does not imply that future trends will follow the same or a similar pattern. Forecasts made in this brochure may not be achieved. There is a risk that you will not get back the full amount invested.
Liquidity: Blackfinch EIS Portfolios is a long term investment. Investments made by Blackfinch EIS Portfolios is in an unquoted company and therefore are not readily realisable, unlike companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. You should be prepared to leave your money invested for at least three years from the commencement of trade. We will not be able to arrange liquidity in the underlying investments during the three year period.
Diversification: Blackfinch EIS Portfolios will invest in one sector. Therefore, there will be limited diversification, which could increase the risk for investors.
Conflicts of Interest: Blackfinch EIS Portfolios may be acquired by, or receive loans from, other companies managed by Blackfinch Investments Limited. All loans and transactions will be on an arm’s length basis and will be ratified by the non-executive directors of the Blackfinch EIS Portfolios investee company.
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