Instruments of Variation: time limits
The statutory periods in the legislation are
Where the instrument is executed on or after 1 August 2002
- the instrument must be made within two years (IHTM35024) of the date of death, and
- the instrument must be sent to us within six months of its execution if it contains a statement of intent (IHTM35028) that IHTA84/S142 (1) applies to it and it results in additional tax being payable.
Where the instrument is executed on or after 1 August 2002 it must incorporate a statement of intent. The taxpayer will not have the option to submit a separate statement. If the instrument of variation does not include a statement of intent you should advise the taxpayers that IHTA84/S142 (1) will not apply to the variation. If the taxpayers do not accept this you should refer the case to Technical.