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Administration of estates: is a tax return needed?

When dealing with the administration of an estate, it is important to consider whether there may be a requirement to complete a tax return for the administration period on behalf of the executors. The Requirement arises if any of three thresholds crossed, The considerations are:

  • Is the value of the estate more than £2.5m?
  • Do the proceeds of assets (including a house) sold by the personal representative exceed £250,000?
  • Does the total income tax and capital gains tax liability amount to £10,000 or more?

If the answer is YES to ANY of these questions, the executors will be required to notify HMRC of the requirement for a tax return. The tax return will fall into the self assessment regime and the usual submission deadlines will apply.

The onus is on the executors to ensure that they submit a return when required, and penalties and surcharges may be charged for late submission of tax returns.

If a tax return is not required under the above rules but tax is payable on the income or gains of the estate, the tax position can be dealt with on a more informal basis.

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If you have any questions about the above, please get in contact with our Tax Manager.