Sam Orgill of ProACT Partnership with Inheritance Tax Saving Tips for Overseas Property Owners
Well they don't smoke any cigars in Panama any more. Inadvertent exchange of information has exposed assets owned by those living working and investing abroad. This draws these assets into Inheritance TAx Assessment for there home country. In the UK this means 40%.
Inheritance Tax Changes
Currently there is no worldwide exchange of information on assets between countries including UK and Cyprus. So you could settle a Will for the UK and a Will for Cyprus Property separately and the UK taxman will not know of your Cyprus assets unless he investigates.
From 1st January 2017 international exchange of property and asset information will commence between countries. This will allow IHT assessors to review worldwide assets to ensure those domiciled in that country pay on total estate assets. This will draw Cyprus, Spain, French, Portugal and Greek properties into the UK taxman’s net
If you choose UK law to settle your worldwide will & estate UK inheritance tax may well be applied to worldwide assets.