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New queries, issue 4533

12 January 2016
Issue: 4533 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

Estate return; Double whammy; Any interest?; Taxing tunes

Estate return

Does HMRC have the power to issue tax returns to personal representatives?

HMRC’s Self Assessment: The Legal Framework at paragraph SALF806 suggests that the provision that permits the department to issue a tax return or a notice to file to personal representatives as regards the period of administration is TMA 1970 s 8A. However s 8A applies to “relevant trustees”. This phrase is construed in TMA 1970 s 7(9). There is no mention of personal representatives in s 7(9).

In the Trusts Settlements and Estates Manual at TSEM6079 HMRC acknowledges that executors are not trustees and in TSEM6127 it says that an administrator is not the same as a trustee. Further TMA 1970 s 30AA maintains the distinction between personal representatives and trustees.

My question is whether HMRC has the power to issue returns to personal representatives. I ask because the executor of a deceased...

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