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This virtual classroom session will consider how to present farm accounts in an efficient way for farm tax advisers.

Many farmers (and their advisers) dismiss partnership accounts as simple income and expenditure accounts to help agree January and July income tax payments. However, they can be evidence as to ownership of £multi-million farm partnership property and strongly influence capital taxes together with ownership.

The disclosure for relatively small amounts of income and assets can have defining implications for capital tax relief. With farm values being high/variable and farm development monies being so significant, the IHT and CGT implications of mis-disclosures or mistakes in farm partnership accounts can cause significant problems. This live session will include an emphasis on the importance of the accounts for protection regarding CGT, IHT, Probate and farm disputes, for example the recent cases of Guest and Horsford.

What You Will Learn

This live broadcast will help you to understand the full complexity of the tax and legal implications of farm partnership accounts so as to ensure that your firm and farming clients are fully protected from the risks and pitfalls of inadequate and/or misleading accounts.

  • Disclosures around the impact of COVID-19 including the SEISS update to ensure that grants and reliefs are maximised
  • Importance of the farm accounts disclosure when no partnership agreement and need to identifying partnership property and intentions
  • The significance of 100% BPR for IHT on partnership property compared to 50% non-partnership property and how to deal with incorrect accounts
  • CGT on disposals - cessation (partnerships property) v withdrawals (non-partnership property) for maximising Business Assets Disposal Relief (BADR)
  • Impact of drop to £1 million BADR on the “rollover buyer”
  • Misunderstandings of the difference between partnership property and jointly held property by farming partners and advisers
  • The useful indications from farm partnership accounts in farm dispute cases - discussions, mediation and the courts, eg Guest, Horsford and James
  • Ham v Bell judgment re evidence of partnership/non partnership property and errors by accountants and intentions
  • Accounts as evidence of the partners intentions
  • The power and necessity of the “land capital account” for freehold property protection and capital accounts generally
  • Understanding “hope” valuations - Foster “Top down” method and disclosure
  • The significance of the approval of the accounts for the ‘wet signature’ in formal partners meetings with strong minutes
  • Protection consideration around farming partners ‘signing in the cloud’
  • Unregistered partnership land and evidence from the accounts
  • Evidence of freehold property disclosure and supporting workings
  • Link of accounts freehold property and improvements working papers to CGT base cost control rollover and need for the partners to understand
  • Horsford partnership agreement to prevent proprietary estoppel
  • The need for clear disclosure notes to the farm accounts, for easy cross reference to enable partners to understand the detail of accounts - maximum rather than minimum information
  • FRS102/FRS 105 disclosure requirements and impact on the partnership
  • Fair value of investment property and disclosure as investments
  • The need for those drafting farm wills to have access and understanding of the farm accounts and exactly what is owned
  • The significance of partnership accounts information for completion of the IHT 400 and supporting schedules on probate
  • The importance of partnership profit shares, drawings and overdrawn current accounts on various legal and tax aspects of the running of the farm partnership
  • Impact of MTD for VAT on all angles of farm accounts
  • The complexity of partnership farm diversification on VAT status (zero, exempt and standard-rated) with key understanding of the resultant accounts disclosure
  • Farm stock valuations (HS232) including the herds basis and accounting on impact of COVID-19 ascertaining market value
  • The future of farming with the BPS being phased out and the Agriculture Bill plus the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Act 2020
  • The need to show the clarity of trading activity over investment activity re Vigne, Graham, Maurice & Shirley Bell and Leeds Cricket
  • The disclosure of agriculture tenancies and rents and the tax importance thereof
  • Rectification of historic errors in the accounts are ownership of assets and other tax concerns

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

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Learn Live | 06.10.2022

N/A | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Farming Partnerships & Accounts Disclosure - Risks & Pitfalls - Live at Your Desk

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