Inheritance Tax – What is it?

Broadly, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax charged on transfers of capital by UK individuals on certain lifetime transfers and on wealth at death.  There are a number of IHT reliefs and exemptions available, however, to reduce the IHT charge with perhaps the main one being the IHT "Nil-rate band", currently £325,000.  The IHT rate is currently 40%.

Let us say Mr A dies in November 2010 with an estate of £600,000 and he leaves this to his children.  He has not made any life time gifts and therefore on his death a charge to IHT of £110,000 would arise as follows:

Estate - £600,000

Less: NRB - £325,000

Subject to IHT - £275,000

IHT @ 40% - £110,000

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The above is for general guidance only.  Buick & Co Chartered Tax Advisers take no responsibility for this blog and its reliability.  If any tax planning is to be undertaken specific advice should be sought beforehand from a professional tax advisor.

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