Personal finance: Q&A
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Any market in AIB shares on stock exchange?
As AIB is still shown on the stock exchange, is it possible to buy shares and, if so, how would they differ from shares held before the Government bailout?
Mr H.K., email
As you say, AIB is still a quoted company although the stock has moved from the main Dublin list to the junior Emerging Securities Market, which is something of a comedown for what was Ireland’s largest bank. The shares don’t really differ from those held before the bailout – ie they are still ordinary voting shares in the company. The one major change is that the holdings of those people who held AIB stock before the crisis are considerably diluted.
Where ordinary shareholders previously controlled 100 per cent of the company stock, the Government now holds 99.8 per cent control. So you can still buy the shares – currently trading at about 6 to 7 cents – but it would be a high-risk move.
How much can we leave our adult child in inheritance
What amount can a parent leave an adult child in their will without the recipient incurring penalties? I know the amount was adjusted downwards when the recession set in.
Does the same amount apply when it concerns a house – eg can parents after death bequeath their house worth €1 million without an adult child having to pay capital gains tax?
What is the amount an aunt in her will can bequeath to a nephew without the recipient incurring capital gains tax?
What is the amount a sister in her will can bequeath to a sister without the recipient incurring capital gains tax?
Ms J.M., Dublin
Someone is clearly getting started on some estate planning here which is never a bad idea. Beneficiaries of people who believe they have very few assets can be in for a very sharp surprise on the tax front when the true scale of affairs emerges after a will is executed.
Although the rates of the two taxes are currently the same – ie 30 per cent – the tax applicable to inheritances is capital acquisitions tax, not capital gains tax. Also, while a tax charge may certainly apply, depending on the scale of the inheritance, it is not the case that anyone receiving a bequest will face “penalties” as you suggest in your opening question.
Also, the amount you can bequeath free of tax is not affected by whether the recipient is an adult or a minor.
On the more prosaic issue of thresholds, this has been covered in this column over recent months. There are three categories when it comes to capital acquisitions tax (CAT) and each has its own threshold.
You are correct in your recollection that the thresholds have been reduced significantly since the financial crisis struck – having been expanded massively and then index-linked during Charlie McCreevy’s time as finance minister.
Category A applies to inheritances and gifts received by a child from a parent. As with all categories, there are certain limited exceptions but they are not relevant to this conversation.