How to save on Inheritance Tax.
The new rules on Inheritance Tax mean that it is possible to save up to £130,000 by planning your estate in the right way, and ensuring that your future Executors have all the information they need to make these savings.
It is now possible to increase the amount which can pass free of Inheritance Tax by up to 100% if an individual inherited the entire or even part of the estate of a spouse or civil partner who died before them.† For example, this saving can be made by the children of a couple on the death of the second parent. However, to claim this extra allowance they have to supply information including the value of the estate of the first parent to die and any gifts they made seven years prior to their death.
In addition, gifts which an individual made prior to their death may be added back to their estate when Inheritance Tax is calculated, meaning that Tax may still have to be paid on this amount.† One exception to this, which many people are not aware of, is regular gifts which are made out of income rather than capital.† For example, if a grandparent pays into a building society account for grandchildren, these gifts may not be liable for Inheritance Tax if the executors can provide information to support a claim that the gifts were made out of income and did not affect the grandparentís standard of living.
A number of methods of reducing Inheritance Tax liability are available, however, you will need a good solicitor who can make you aware of them and also help to plan your estate in advance to maximise the savings.
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