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Finance Act 2014

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8.The Cultural Gifts Scheme was introduced by Schedule 14 to the Finance Act (FA) 2012 and commenced on 1 April 2013 by virtue of the Finance Act 2012, Schedule 14 (Appointed Day) Order 2013.

9.Paragraph 33 of Schedule 14 provides a partial exemption from estate duty on exempt objects which would otherwise have become chargeable under Schedule 5 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 on a gift of property under the scheme.

10.The exemption is intended to be limited to the amount that would be chargeable if the rate of tax were the same as the rate of Inheritance Tax, currently 40 per cent. Where the rate of estate duty attached to the exempt object is more than the rate of inheritance tax, the policy intention is that the excess amount should become chargeable.

11.The technical flaw in the existing legislation meant that in some cases the latent estate duty would not have come into charge on a gift, and hence remained with the gifted object. New paragraph 32A ensures that the intended amount of estate duty comes into charge and extinguishes any further liability in the future.

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