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HMRC introduce a Bereavement Service. 18/04/12

HMRC is setting up a dedicated bereavement services team to deal with PAYE and Self Assessment when taxpayers die.

The main form which customers use to finalise the tax affairs of the person who has died (R27) has been redesigned following feedback from customers and tax specialists to make it easier to complete. The form now has a new section in which a personal representative (or executor/administrator) finalising the estate of someone who has died can appoint someone to act on their behalf. They can also provide details of the surviving spouse or civil partner to enable HMRC to take action to review their tax affairs.
The objective of the reforms is to offer a single point of contact when finalising the estate and to make it easier for their executors to finalise the tax situation.

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS says:

“The changes were introduced on 11 April 2012 and will bring with them the following benefits

  • Provide a single point of contact when finalising the estate of a PAYE and Self Assessment customer who has died
  • Introduce new form R27 and notes to help personal representative finalise the estate of a customer who has died at the earliest opportunity
  • Help HMRC to improve the quality of the service provided when settling the estate of a customer who has died.”

If you need any help and advice on Inheritance tax, capital gains Tax, or in settling an estate, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help.

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