FBUK Warns of Changes to Business Property Relief (BPR)

July 3, 2024

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FBUK Warns of Changes to BPR

Family Business UK has responded to reports that Labour is considering changes to Business Property Relief, warning of the potential consequences of scrapping or amending BPR.

Speaking to The Mail about reported changes to the Inheritance Tax regime, FBUK Chair Sir James Wates said: “This puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk in a key part of the economy.

The relief [BPR] allows companies to plan for the long-term. It raises the question of why someone would put themselves through running a business – as you live and breathe it if your name is above the door – if you face crippling tax bills.

Reported changes 

The Mail, and other media outlets have reported in recent weeks that the Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves is under pressure from others in Labour to raise Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rates as part of an autumn Budget statement – should Labour form the next government.

These proposals also reportedly include changes to Inheritance Tax including making it more difficult to ‘gift’ money and assets.

Steve Rigby, FBUK Board Director and Co-CEO of Rigby Group added: “Whoever forms the next government must avoid policies with unintended consequences that put our businesses at risk. Family businesses are here for the long term.

“Up and down the country we support the communities and local economies in which we are rooted.

“Successive governments, for almost 50 years, have retained Business Relief, which forms part of the Inheritance Tax regime, knowing that it is key to unlocking the potential for investment, growth and jobs among family businesses.

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Ninety percent of all private firms in the UK are family businesses. That’s 4.8 million companies employing millions of people and contributing more than £200 billion every year in taxes.

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