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Alan Levy


The Revenue's Shares Valuation Division has stated that the official view is that section 105(1), Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (business property relief) applies to a business or an interest in a business and this cannot encompass patent royalties. Despite the fact that, for income tax purposes, royalties paid to an inventor rank as earned income, Shares Valuation Division apparently does not regard it as such. The further comment was made that 'it might be different if the individual invented the product, registered the patent and then engaged in the manufacture'.


Taxation, 22 March 2001 included an article by Mike Down and Mike Thexton at pages 593 to 596 concerning the ability of a director to deduct the costs of working from home under section 198, Taxes Act 1988 ('Hot Desking in the Library'). The authors state:

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