HMRC considers that using debt to buy assets that are not chargeable to inheritance tax allows scope for “two bites of the cherry”.
Finance Bill 2013 introduces provisions to counter this planning. The provisions restrict the set-off of borrowings if the borrowed money is used to buy assets which qualify for IHT relief. In particular, it has a significant impact on:
• non-UK domiciled individuals (and their trusts) who take out borrowings secured on UK assets to reduce their value for inheritance tax; and
• entrepreneurs using their houses as security for borrowings used in their businesses.