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James asked ….
I asked some accountants about the directors loan in a company and they said you could gift the directors loan as a potentially exempt transfer for IHT purposes (tick! 😊) but that from the moment, you as a director could then not ever have that money repaid to you from the company loan account.
Is this right?
Response by Mark Alexander ….
The advice you accountants have given you is correct, because you cannot have your cake and eat it. However, suppose you gifted the benefit of the loan to your adult children, the company could then repay part or all of the loan to them and in turn they could “lend” the money to you. The loan they make to you would further reduce the value of your estate.
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