Inheritance Tax Advice from Specialist Accountants

Inheritance tax advice so you minimise your liability to HMRC and family retain as much of your estate as possible.

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Inheritance Tax Advice

At DS Burge & Co, our team of accountants can help provide you with inheritance tax advice, to help reduce your inheritance tax liability.

Inheritance tax (IHT) is a tax that people have to pay when they inherit an asset from a deceased person. It is also called estate or death duty. IHT tax rate depends on the value of the inheritance, the beneficiary's relationship with the deceased, and the state of residence.

Before paying the IHT, you must get an IHT reference number three weeks before making a payment and must be paid by the end of the sixth month after the demise. Failure to honour this attracts interest charged on the outstanding amount.

Inheritance tax can be a huge burden to many people if they lack the know-how on how it's calculated. In addition, lack of proper planning affects the percentage of assets you can transfer to your loved one. They might even be forced to sell the assets to pay the IHT. Imagine how stressful that can be, especially if the asset is the family business.

Engaging specialist accountants like DS Burge & Co will help you reduce your inheritance tax liability. We provide personalised advice and solutions to our clients about inheritance tax.

How DS Burge & Co can help reduce your inheritance tax liability

How DS Burge & Co can help reduce your inheritance tax liability

  • We can assist with valuing your assets and review your portfolio so you can understand your IHT liability.
  • We’ll review allowances and exemptions that you can take advantage of to minimise your liability to HMRC so your family retain as much of your estate as possible.
  • Explain the important considerations that you need to consider in how you structure your company. This is a key element of ensuring you qualify for business property relief.

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Inheritance tax allowances and exceptions

Inheritance tax allowances and exceptions

Taxes are an inescapable part of life that we must all deal with. However, with IHT, there are some allowances and exceptions that will have the tax lifted exempted.

 

Allowances

When a person dies, their estate’s value over the nil rate band is liable to IHT at 40 % unless passed directly to a spouse or registered civil partner. This means that the first £325,000 of your estate will not be taxed.

As a couple, you can share your thresholds by transferring the unused element of their IHT-free allowance to their living spouse when they die. Doubling up the allowance enables a couple to pass on £650,000 tax-free before 40% IHT becomes due.

Exceptions

The following are some IHT exceptions that help you reduce the amount of tax.

To reduce the amount of IHT charged on your assets, you can make inheritance tax-free gifts of up to £250 to as many people as you want. Under the annual exemption, you can give away up to £3,000 every year either as a single gift or several gifts.

If you are in a civil relationship or married to a UK spouse, you can leave your assets directly to them to avoid taxation. However there are different rules for individuals who are domiciled outside the UK and who have a UK-domiciled spouse or civil partner and UK-domiciled individuals who have a non-UK domiciled spouse or civil partner.

Gifting your assets to family or friends, with the intention of not benefiting from it anymore, makes the value of the gift included in the IHT, but for seven years only.

Let’s put it into context. For instance, if you gift your friend some amount of money and live for seven more years, the money won’t be included when calculating the IHT when you pass away.

Leaving your assets to charity exempts them from IHT as it benefits a good cause. For example, if you leave at least 10% of your assets to charity, it reduces the tax rate from 36% to 40%. The percentage might not be a lot, but it increases the amount your family and charitable organisations receive.

Buying a life insurance policy will not reduce the IHT directly, but the payout will make it easier for your family members to settle the hospital bills. This will prevent any intent of selling your assets. However, ensure that the life insurance policy goes into a trust to avoid more tax payments.

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Business property relief

As a business owner in the UK, you can consider Business Property Relief (BPR) as a means of reducing your IHT liability. With the help of a specialist accountant, you can transfer your business assets to your children without IHT charges as a business owner. To receive BPR, you are required to have owned the assets or the business for at least two years before your demise.

This means that if you pass away shortly after starting your business, your assets won’t be exempted from IHT. However, if you inherit your spouse’s business, who passed on before two years were over, your period of ownership is added to your spouse’s period of ownership. If the period exceeds two years when combined, you qualify for BPR relief.

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What is a trust, and how does it affect inheritance tax?

What is a trust, and how does it affect inheritance tax?

Putting some of your money or assets into a trust you, your children, or spouse can benefit from; they are never included in IHT calculation. You can set up a trust immediately or establish one in your will.

If you transfer certain assets into a trust in your lifetime, there might be a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) as a consequence. However, if you establish a trust in your will, there will be no liability to GCT. Note, some trust types are subject to their tax regimes, and the trust might have to pay IHT themselves. For example, trustees are likely to be liable for Income Tax at 45% and capital gains tax at 28%.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to help you stay clear of the potential pitfalls with inheritance tax and maximise your allowance.

At DS Burge & Co, we offer a wide range of personal tax services, from capital gains guidance to self-assessment tax returns, so we’re expertly placed to provide you with comprehensive tax advice based on your circumstances. In addition, our inheritance tax specialist accountants will ensure you retain the benefits of your labour, and HMRC does not suck it up.

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