NICOLA Horlick’s peer-to-peer lending platform Money&Co has seen a “significant” increase in volumes of business for tax planning, as a result of ongoing political uncertainty.
A new government, led by Boris Johnson, and the looming Brexit deadline of 31 October has created a political outlook which is “fraught with uncertainty,” said the former City superwoman (pictured) in a recent blog post.
“Britain’s controversial new prime minster doesn’t have a proper majority,” Horlick added. “A General Election in the next few months is more likely than not. If there’s a Corbyn-led Labour administration as a result, taxation of the passing on of wealth between generations is one of the first – and easiest to execute – items on the new government’s to do list.
“The time to act, then, is now. Some of you have already got the message. We’re already seeing a significant increase in volumes of business for tax planning.”
Money&Co offers an inheritance tax service which can effectively reduce taxation by taking advantage of business relief. A lending vehicle is established in the client’s name, and Money&Co takes care of the administration and reporting requirements. After two years, that lending vehicle is exempt from the client’s estate for inheritance tax purposes.
Money&Co also encourages lenders to register with its Innovative Finance ISA account, which allows each taxpayer to shelter up to £20,000 per year without taxation. More than £17m in loans have been facilitated through the firm, with an average return of more than eight per cent.
All ISA savings and investments can be transferred to a spouse after death, with no added cost. Each taxpayer is also entitled to inherit up to £325,000 in assets and cash, without taxation. Any inheritance above that is taxed at a flat rate of 40 per cent.
Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour party has vowed to replace inheritance tax with a Lifetime Gifts Tax, which would effectively reduce the inheritance tax threshold to £125,000. It is believed that this plan would raise more than £9.2bn for Treasury coffers.