Monday, 20 August, 2018

Two heterosexual Irish men marry to avoid inheritance tax on property

Matt Murphy left married Michael O’Sullivan in Dublin yesterday so he could pass on his home without paying inheritance taxes Matt Murphy left married Michael O’Sullivan in Dublin yesterday so he could pass on his home without paying inheritance taxes Colin Keegan Collins
Kenny Thornton | 23 December, 2017, 23:20

"He became friends with all my friends, they all loved him".

When they realised that no inheritance tax would be payable on the house if it were left to a spouse, the couple made a decision to tie the knot.

Matt Murphy, 85, asked his best friend and carer Michael O'Sullivan, 58, to marry him as he wants him to inherit his house in Stoneybatter, Dublin when he dies.

The father of two daughters and a son from previous relationships, added: "I love Matt... but not in a sexual way". "I have been bringing Matt out in my auto to various parties and all that kind of thing".

The two have both encountered a fair share of hardship in their lives.

Two straight men who are best friends have done what many mates have joked about before - they got married.

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A DUBLIN father-of-three was set to marry his 85-year-old friend of nearly 30 years after the pair agreed that it was the best way for a house to be passed on without incurring a hefty inheritance tax bill.

After doctors diagnosed Murphy with giant cell arteritis - a condition that affects eyesight - O'Sullivan moved in full time as a carer. "I thought it was a very good thing that came into my head to say, nowadays, this is official". O'Sullivan was previously married to a woman, but this is Murphy's first marriage.

The Republic of Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in November 2015 six months after a majority of its citizens voted for it in a referendum.

"I told him that it was a great idea but that I would have to sell the house as I would have to pay inheritance tax, massive tax".

"Matt said to me look it, I'm going to leave you the house". O'Sullivan praised Ireland's LGBT community for how hard they fought for equality.

After their wedding ceremony, O'Sullivan kept gushing over his new spouse. "Then one night he turned around and said it to me and I said I would marry him".

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