Outright gifts will be exempt from Inheritance Tax if you succeed in surviving 7 years from the date of the gift. There are also exemptions of £3000 per annum and on marriage of up to £5000. It is also possible to exempt regular payments made out of surplus income provided suitable records are kept.
Inheritance Tax Planning
More and more people are concerned about the level of Inheritance tax that will be payable on their death. The current threshold (also known as the Nil Rate Band), £325,000, is likely to continue until at least April 2018. A tax rate of 40% is payable on an amount above the Nil Rate Band.
There are exemptions and reliefs available which means that most people can completely avoid, or at least significantly reduce any Inheritance Tax liability for their family. Certain assets can attract relief and avoidance, depending upon your circumstances.
What is Inheritance Tax?
UK inheritance tax pertains to a levy on moneys and property gained through gifts or inheritance. It was introduced in 1986 to replace the outgoing Capital Transfer Tax and has since undergone changes almost annually to the threshold over which inheritance tax applies. For example, the threshold for paying inheritance tax was raised on 6th April 2009 to apply only to sums of £325,000 and over. This threshold is in place until 5th April 2016. For detailed information on who should pay inheritance tax and when, please visit the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Care section of the www.gov.uk website.
Help With Inheritance Tax
If you are concerned about paying Inheritance Tax and would like help to understand how it can be managed effectively, reduced or even avoided altogether, please contact our offices in Windermere (015394 46585) and Kendal on (01539 721945), or use our online enquiry form for a free review.
This not only reduces Inheritance Tax on your death but if given during life can benefit from Gift Aid which effectively increases the size of the gift in the hands of the charity. It also gives you a tax credit for any higher rate tax payable.
Investment Products have now been developed to make use of Business Property Relief and some of these can be relatively low risk whilst still allowing access to your capital and giving 100% Inheritance Tax relief after just two years. An interest in a business and agricultural land and buildings normally qualify from 100% relief from Inheritance Tax after just 2 years of ownership.
This can be highly effective at substantially reducing Inheritance Tax liabilities for your estates and for future generations. The most popular arrangement is what we call Family Pilot Trusts which can save tax on your death if you hold at least some agricultural or business assets (even if just a qualifying investment). Additionally the Family Pilot Trusts arrangement avoids your capital being subject to Inheritance Tax on the deaths of your heirs and subsequent generations. Find out more about how to make a will.
Monetary gifts to a couple getting married or registering themselves in a civil partnership are entitled to Inheritance Tax exemption, up to a certain amount.
Bill and Maureen asked for our advice on Inheritance Tax Planning. Maureen's mother had died earlier that year and Maureen inherited £250,000. We were able to draft documentation for her resulting in an eventual tax saving on her death of £100,000.
Bill and Maureen's own estate totalled about £800,000. They invested £50,000 each in Inheritance Tax free investments which, when combined with the provisions of their wills, will result in an Inheritance Tax saving of £60,000 on their deaths.
We also prepared new wills and family pilot trusts for them which will result in saving £320,000 of Inheritance Tax on their children's eventual deaths.