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Is debt forgiveness on account of a loan to a charity a gift that allows a tax credit?

In Roberts v CIR the question for the court is whether the forgiveness of debt a monetary gift for the purposes of s LD 3(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 2007? Background The Oasis Charitable Trust (the Trust), a registered charitable trust, was settled by Mrs Roberts and her late husband on 14 October 2007 to facilitate the … Continue reading

Supervision does indeed mean supervision

The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court includes the supervision of trusts. However, the temporal aspect of the jurisdiction and the ability for this to provide a longer-term administrative solution is a useful aspect of the jurisdiction. Such a case is Matheson v Clare Matheson Trust Limited, which concerned an application by a settlor and … Continue reading

Beneficiaries rule

In Heylen v Keene  all actual and potential beneficiaries signed an “amended direction” directing the executors of the estate of Paul Heylen to distribute the estate, not in accordance with his will, but as directed by the beneficiaries (in accordance with the rule in Saunders v Vautier. Although the parameters of rule in  Saunders v Vautier … Continue reading

My house? Your house?

Much is said of late about the “bank of Mum and Dad” in the context of parents helping children into their first home.  However, with the passage of time positions can change as to whether sums advanced were loans or gifts and how much has been re-paid.  When Mum or Dad is elderly questions can … Continue reading

Hastings-Bass revisited

The “Rule” in Hastings-Bass (more properly the rule in Mettoy) invites a court to “wave the judicial magic wand” and void decisions made by trustees, together with the attendant consequences,  when trustees have made decisions with consequences from which they now with to resile.    The logic of “the “Rule” was to protect beneficiaries.  However, where … Continue reading

US Sham trust decision

The judgment in Full-Circle Staffing, LLC, Watchman Investment Trust, Financial & Tax Services, Inc., Trustee, Tax Matters Partner, Et Al. v Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Full Circle) is a consolidated judgment of the United States Tax Court. The background facts are complicated but can be summarised as follows: Mr and Mrs Pudlo restructured their freight forwarding … Continue reading

Marriage, divorce, death – but strictly in that order

Section 182 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980 (FPA) can be considered a vexing piece of legislation in that it has application only for spouses and civil union partners. Whether this will continue to be the case may become apparent following the outcome of the ongoing five year review of relationship property and related legislation. … Continue reading

A cleft in the armour of joint ownership?

When two people own a property jointly, what is legally referred to as being joint tenants (as distinct from tenants in common, where each party owns only a set percentage of an asset), and where one of the two joint owner dies, the survivor inherits the interest of the other joint tenant. There is no … Continue reading

Finding the right way

Fox v Fox relates to a claim by an executor of the estate of Mrs Fox who required the assistance of the Court to conclude the administration of the estate by selling land and distributing the proceeds of sale according to a will. The executor’s impediment to doing so was that two of the properties … Continue reading

Trusts Bill update

The date by which the Trusts Bill is to be reported to the House by the Justice Committee has been extended a second time, now to 1 October 2018. References: Business of Select Committees — Reporting Dates

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