Favourite Nephew or Niece Relief

You may qualify for Favourite Nephew or Niece relief if you receive a gift or inheritance of business assets. The relief allows the use of the Group A threshold. This is subject to conditions.

For the purpose of this relief you are a nephew or niece if you are the child of the disponer’s:

  • brother
  • sister
  • brother's civil partner
  • sister's civil partner.

Conditions for the relief

You must have worked for the disponer for the five years immediately before receiving the gift or inheritance. During these five years you must have worked for more than:

  • 24 hours per week at the place of business

or

  • 15 hours per week at the place of business where the business is carried on exclusively by you and either the:
    • disponer
    • the disponer's spouse or civil partner.

The relief applies only to assets used in the business. Group B threshold applies to non-business assets.

Where the gift or inheritance includes business and non-business assets, liabilities must be apportioned between business and non-business assets.

What is if there is an intervening life interest?

Where there is an intervening life interest, you must have worked in the business for five years before the death of the disponer.

Shares and Favourite Nephew or Niece Relief

You may qualify for this relief if you receive a gift or inheritance of shares in a private company. The company must be a private trading company in which the disponer is a director, and controls the company.

Discretionary trusts and Favourite Nephew or Niece Relief

You do not qualify for Favourite Nephew or Niece Relief if the benefit is received from a discretionary trust set up by the disponer.