By Dominic Cole

Citywire has commented on the Court of Appeal decision of HMRC v Parry & Ors where the appellant argued that a lifetime pension scheme transfer was not a transfer of value for Inheritance Tax purposes. HMRC won on the contention that it was.

The Court of Appeal also agreed with HMRC’s assertion that the failure by the pension saver to take lifetime income benefits at a time when she was in ill health, specifically the late stages of a terminal illness, was a further ‘disposition’ under the Inheritance Tax Act and therefore a separate Inheritance Tax charge arose.