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Tax and Family Breakdown: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

Jason Lane

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July 20 2010
The division of assets following a family breakdown can often be complex. The tax consequences of a transfer of assets between former spouses or civil partners can be significant. With prior planning, the tax arising may be mitigated or avoided altogether. If this is not possible, the parties and, indeed, the Court will want to take account of the tax consequences when consider the terms of a financial settlement. Practitioners providing family breakdown advice will find this to be an invaluable guide to the tax issues. "Tax and Family Breakdown": enables practitioners to identify potential tax issues at an early stage of the divorce or dissolution process; acts as an aide memoire of the tax issues that can typically arise; outlines the basic tax treatment of spouses, civil partners, and co-habitees; examines the tax effects of transferring the most commonly held assets such as: cash, chattels, the family home, other property, investments, and business assets; and provides an overview of the tax aspects of trusts and certain international matters in the context of family breakdown. The text includes worked examples, checklists, tables and flowcharts, making this a clear and user-friendly book.

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'Within 300 succinct pages, you have access to authoritative specialist advice - a wealth of expertise in one handy volume.' Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers 'A very thorough summary of tax law for family practitioners - a handy one-stop reference. Definitely recommended.' Family Lore 'This important book sets out the current law and...also includes key concepts, checklists, flowcharts, worked examples and the relevant forms.' The Practical Lawyer

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Jason Lane is a tax partner at Saffery Champness, a top 20 firm of chartered accountants. He advises on all aspects of private client tax, particularly those with substantial financial assets and diverse business interests. He regularly acts as an expert witness in ancillary relief proceedings and has given evidence before the Courts. Jason also presents seminars on essential tax issues for family practitioners.

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5.0 out of 5 stars When breaking up is hard to do.... Sept. 18 2010
By Phillip Taylor - Published on Amazon.com

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

If you're a practitioner involved in advising clients coping with a family breakdown and the attendant financial problems, you need to be aware of the tax implications. If those you are advising are in this position, whether emerging from a marriage, or civil partnership, you would do well to acquire `Tax and Family Breakdown'- one of the Law Society's latest publications.

It's an area where accountancy and law inevitably overlap. So it is interesting and certainly appropriate that the author, Jason Lane, is head of tax at a top 20 chartered accountancy firm. He regularly acts as an expert witness in ancillary relief proceedings before the courts, and presents seminars on essential tax issues. And he's careful to point out that the book is the combined effort of various partners and tax staff within the firm. So here, within almost 300 succinct pages, you have access to authoritative specialist advice, invaluable for family lawyers.

Carefully and logically structured, with worked examples, checklist, tables and diagrams, the book examines all pertinent aspects of tax issues that arise as a consequence of family breakdown, including the basic tax treatment of spouses, civil partners and co-habitees, mainly in respect of the most commonly held assets such as cash, chattels, investments, business assets and property, including the family home. The ten chapters cover everything from capital gains and inheritance taxes to pensions, life insurance and `the international dimension' which includes residence issues.

In addition to tables of cases, statues, statutory instruments, as well as new developments, there are no less than eight appendices and a useful index for ease of reference.
A wealth of expertise in one handy volume, this book is indeed `a practical guide' to a complex area of practice.

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