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Transfer worries

07 August 2012
Issue: 4365 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
A farmer gave his farmland and the farm buildings to his son, who now carries on the farming business with his wife. For the son to claim under the single payment scheme it seems entitlement will need to be sold or leased to him

I have inherited a client farmer who a year ago gifted all of his land and buildings to his son and retired completely from farming.

The father had been successfully claiming under the single payment scheme and the last year he claimed for was 2011.

The son who now farms the land in partnership with his wife completely forgot to claim for 2012 and has therefore missed out.

He has now instructed land agents who have advised that a transfer of the entitlements is needed now from father to son.

They advise that ‘as things stand at the moment under the current draft regulations it states that it will be possible to transfer the 2011 claim status if the entitlements are either sold or leased. The current wording under the draft regulations is as follows: “In case of sale or lease of their...

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