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As property prices make inheritance tax (IHT) a reality for many in the UK, we’ve looked at a number of ways to prevent HM Revenue and Customs being one of the largest beneficiaries of your estate.

The facts:

  • IHT is levied at a fixed rate of 40% on all assets worth more than £325,000 per person (0% under this amount) – or £650,000 per couple if other exemptions cannot be applied.
  • The £325,000 allowance known as the Nil Rate Band and this has remained unchanged for some years, but a new “Main Residence Nil Rate Band has recently been introduced, which allows home owners to leave up to a further £125,000 to their direct descendants.
  • This means Parents and grandparents who are home owners can leave up to £900,000 in total to their children without them having to pay Inheritance tax.
  • The Main Residence Nil Rate Band will rise to £175,000 in 2020 meaning a total of £1 million could be inherited without having to pay any Inheritance tax.

There are legitimate ways to mitigate IHT, which is why it is sometimes called the ‘voluntary tax’. Unfortunately, some of the most valuable exemptions must be used seven years before your death to be fully effective, so it makes sense to consider ways to tackle IHT sooner rather than later and to seek professional advice.

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. The information given is not intended to provide legal, tax or financial advice.

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All information is correct as at October 2018