Keeping it in the family

Emma Chamberlain examines the complexities involved in negotiating home loan arrangements and inheritance tax

The home loan scheme (or, as it is sometimes known, the ‘double trust’ scheme) became a popular way of avoiding inheritance tax on the family home in the early 2000s. It seemed a good alternative to Ingram schemes that had been closed down in 1999 (see Finance Act 1986 s 102A). Few home loan schemes were established after the introduction of stamp duty land tax in 2003 as it was no longer possible to defer payment of stamp duty. Despite their relatively short shelf life of about three years, it is believed that some 30,000 schemes were executed.