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11 March 2013

UT Decision: The Executors of Lord Howard of Henderskelfe (Deceased) v HMRC

Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992, sections 44 and 45 – whether a valuable painting displayed in Castle Howard was “plant” within section 44(1)(c) of the 1992 Act – whether the painting satisfied the test as to function – whether the painting satisfied the test as to permanence – whether the painting was not plant in the hands of the owner who disposed of it when the business in which the painting was used was not that of the owner of the painting but of a company, Castle Howard Estate Ltd – whether painting a “wasting asset” within section 44 of the 1992 Act – whether owner of painting entitled to exemption from capital gains tax pursuant to section 45(1) of the 1992 Act

William Massey QC acted for the executors of Lord Howard of Henderskelfe.

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