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Finance Act 2004

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294Grant of probate

(1)In section 109 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54) (refusal of grant of probate where inheritance tax unpaid)—

(a)for subsection (1) substitute—

(1)No grant shall be made, and no grant made outside the United Kingdom shall be resealed, except—

(a)on the production of information or documents under regulations under section 256(1)(aa) of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (excepted estates); or

(b)on the production of an account prepared in pursuance of that Act showing by means of such receipt or certification as may be prescribed by the Commissioners either—

(i)that the inheritance tax payable on the delivery of the account has been paid; or

(ii)that no such tax is so payable.;

(b)in subsection (2), for “this section” substitute “subsection (1)(b)”;

(c)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)In this section and the following section, “the Commissioners” means the Commissioners of Inland Revenue;

(d)subsection (3) shall cease to have effect.

(2)In section 42 of the Probate and Legacy Duties Act 1808 (c. 149) (grant of confirmation)—

(a)the existing text shall become subsection (1) of that section;

(b)at the beginning of that subsection, for “And” substitute “Subject to subsection (2) below,”; and

(c)after that subsection insert—

(2)In a case to which regulations under section 256(1)(aa) of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (c. 51) apply (excepted estates), it shall not be lawful to grant confirmation such as is mentioned in subsection (1) above except on the production of information or documents in accordance with those regulations.

(3)In Article 20 of the Administration of Estates (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I.1979/1575 (N.I.14)) (inheritance tax accounts)—

(a)for paragraph (1) substitute—

(1)The High Court shall not make any grant, or reseal any grant made outside the United Kingdom, except—

(a)on the production of information or documents under regulations under section 256(1)(aa) of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (excepted estates); or

(b)on the production of an account prepared in pursuance of that Act showing by means of such receipt or certification as may be prescribed by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue either—

(i)that the inheritance tax payable on the delivery of the account has been paid; or

(ii)that no such tax is so payable.;

(b)in paragraph (2) of that Article, for “this Article” substitute “paragraph (1)(b)”.

(4)Subsection (1) shall come into force on such day as the Treasury may after consulting the Lord Chancellor by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

(5)Subsection (2) shall come into force on such day as the Treasury may after consulting the Scottish Ministers by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

(6)Subsection (3) shall come into force on such day as the Treasury may after consulting the Lord Chancellor by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

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