Taxation and you

Inheritance Tax and unexpected tax bills can threaten long-term family ownership of land or property. Because of the high capital values involved, even in smallholdings, the structure of farms can become dominated by tax planning and inheritance issues. Whatever the size of your land and property holding, you will want to be able to pass on as many of your assets to your dependants as you can.

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CLA is the leading authority on rural tax issues

Many landowners join the CLA specifically to ask for impartial professional advice, to clarify where the tax law stands and to prevent expensive and often unnecessary trusts and structures.

Tax questions can include:

  • Inheritance Tax
  • Tax liabilities
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Tax on cottage income
  • Development tax
  • Small business relief
  • VAT
  • Who is a working farm partner?
  • Treatment of affordable housing
  • The Balfour case
  • Contract arrangements
  • Farm Business Tenancies
  • Succession planning

Free advice for members

Tax issues can be complex. If you become a member of the CLA you will receive free, independent professional advice – advice which is aimed at achieving an early and successful resolution of your problem and which normally far outweighs the cost of membership. (For many members the annual subscription costs less than one hour of a professional’s time).

CLA’s in-house team advises on land use, planning, legal as well as tax matters and our advisers are experts in their field; in addition, there are surveyors and regional advisers throughout the regions to help you at local level.

As well as the advice CLA members can access, the majority of members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous work to change the law and reduce red tape.

Inheritance Tax and the wider tax system can become the largest hurdle to prosperous and sustainable rural businesses and the CLA is at the forefront in lobbying for reform that will facilitate rather than frustrate.

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Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. For example, the Balfour case is potentially a major step forward for all landowners whilst the threat of property taxes needs to be countered. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term.

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Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision-makers at EU, national and local levels including ensuring the tax system treats landowners fairly. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets.

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future.

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