Inheritance Tax (IHT) is the tax paid on your estate before it can be passed on to your beneficiaries. Careful planning can reduce the tax paid, allowing you to keep wealth in your family.
At a rate of 40% tax, it’s not surprising that IHT is an unpopular tax. We work hard, invest for our futures and build businesses. We pay income tax (on our salaries and investment income), pay capital gains tax when we sell assets. And then, we pay IHT on the wealth that we have generated, with a view to passing this onto our children.
By being proactive there are simple ways and means of reducing your inheritance tax charge.
One way to reduce your Inheritance Tax liability is to reduce your estate during your lifetime. Every individual has different financial goals, so you should seek professional advice before taking any action. Some possible ways Aspen Waite can advise on reducing Inheritance Tax include:
An estate refers to the money, land, possessions, properties and other assets owned by a person, after debts and funeral costs.
A Will is a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their estate after their death. It is estimated around 60% of the adult population do not have a Will.
Inheritance Tax is currently taxed at a rate of 40%.
The Nil Rate Band is a tax-free allowance of £325,000 for a persons estate. This is the amount of wealth a person can have before paying Inheritance Tax. On death, your NRB transfers to your spouse or civil partner, effectively doubling the threshold before IHT to £625,000.
The Residence Nil Rate Band, also known as the Home Allowance, is an additional £125,000 (as of the 2017/2018 tax year) allowance, rising to £175,000 in 20/21. RNRB provides an additional allowance to reduce IHT against your home when it is left to your children or grandchildren.
A Trust is a way of managing assets for people outside of your estate - therefore they are exempt from IHT. There are various types of trusts for different requirements.
At Aspen Waite, we can look at ways to help you mitigate against Inheritance Tax, or eliminate it completely through tax-efficient strategies. Our advice is tailored to you, based on a full review of your personal wealth and wants for the future.
As part of our IHT service, we can also advise on trusts, effective remuneration planning, capital gains tax as well look after your personal tax return.
Contact one of our team for more information on Inheritance Tax, and plan for your future, today.
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