Inheritance Tax Bournemouth Solicitors


Solicitors In Bournemouth Guide to Inheritance Tax... 

 Inheritance Tax (IHT) is the money paid on your estate when you pass away.  It can also affect monies which are  transferred into Trust funds during your lifetime.

  Do you want to give hard-earned money to the TAX man?
  Or would you rather that your family benefits from your hard work?
  Get in touch and I'll help you give it to your loved ones!


How can we help?

  • No Obligation Consultation
  • A Competitive ‘Fixed Fee’ Service
  • Home Visits (if required) for inheritance tax planning and wills

Telephone Paul Solomons today on 0844 874 5377

Can You Save Inheritance Tax In Your Will?

Everyone’s situation is different and the law has changed radically over the last few years.

For example, homes left to children through a Discretionary Trust may not benefit from the “new family home allowance”, worth up to £350,000 per couple from 2020, because assets do not pass directly to children.

So please telephone me today to for a free appointment where I can assess your liability and show you how you can keep your wealth in your family.

It really does pay to get expert advice on this so please do get in touch.

Telephone 0844 874 5377

Here are are some general points...

IHT is only paid on your estate if it is valued
 higher than £325,000(since 2010/11).         

This is known at the "Nil RateTax Band". This has remained the same for the lastfew years and will remain the same until at least 2017.

Anything above the basic ‘Nil Rate Tax Band’ of £325,000 is taxedat 40 per cent.

For example, if you leave behind an estate worth £500,000 the tax bill will be £70,000 (40% on £175,000 – the difference between £500,000 and nil rate allowance of £325,000).

New inheritance tax rules for married couples and civil partners

Married couples and civil partners are now allowed to pass their possessions and assets to each other tax-free and, since October 2007, the surviving partner is now allowed to use both tax-free allowances (providing one wasn’t used at the first death).

At the extreme, this effectively doubles the amount the surviving partner can leave behind tax-free without the need for special tax planning (up to £650,000).

In most cases, Inheritance Tax must be paid within six months from the end of the month in which the death occurs, otherwise interest is charged on the amount owing.

Another factor to bear in mind is that if you give money and die within 7 yearsof giving this "gift" 
 tax is due on gifts you made and the people who received the gifts must pay the tax due. (If they can't or won't pay, the amount due will come out of your estate.)

Emergency budget 2015 Changes to IHT from April 2017.

MAIN Residence Nil Rate Band - new allowance

The Chancellor also clarified in July 2015 that from April 2017 there is a new additional Inheritance Tax Allowance that can
be applied against the Family Home.

This new allowance, the Main Residence Nil Rate Band (MRNRB) allowance is applicable against the value of the deceased’s property where the property is left to direct lineal descendants. This means children, step-children or foster children and their children.

There is a stipulation that the property must have been the deceased’s main residence at some point, but it doesn't have to be where they are
living when they die. It does not apply to buy-to-let properties but if there are more than one property in the estate, the estate can choose which
property the allowance can be applied to.

The Main Residence Nil Rate Band starts in April 2017 at £100,000. It increases by £25,000 a year until peaking at £175,000 in 2021.

This Main Residence Nil Rate Band is added to the already existing Nil Rate Band (NRB), currently £325,000.

Therefore, with NRB of £325,000 per spouse, plus the new MRNRB, it may be possible a £1million pound house can be transferred without IHT being applied. 

As with all tax changes to Inheritance Tax, please get in touch with any questions you may have as these budget changes do evolve over time. It's our job to keep up to date with any changes.

Here are some things you might already have in place but now need clarifying...

Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs) - are gifts made during your lifetime, exceeding the annual gift allowance of £3,000 but within the Nil Rate Band.

Provided the donor survives for a further 7 years, no tax will be payable and the gift becomes a PET.

In the event of death within the 7 years however, tax will be payable but if this occurs after 3 years, taper relief is available, thus reducing the amount of tax due.

A PET can be a highly effective way of reducing your IHT liabilities while simultaneously ensuring that your assets are passed to your intended beneficiaries.

Who Can I Give These ‘Gifts’ To?

During your life time it is possible to give a number of gifts away that are exempt from IHT.

There are a number of people (beneficiaries) who can receive these exempt gifts;

Husband, wife or civil partner (even if legally separated) owning a UK home.

UK Charities, UK Political Parties and selected National Institutions.

What Gifts Are Exempt?

Some gifts are exempt from Inheritance Tax because of the type of gift or the reason for making it.

These include:

·        Wedding / Civil Partnerships Ceremony Gifts

·        Annual Exemption

·        Small Gifts

·        Normal Expenditure Gift

These gifts can be given during your lifetime or left as a wish in your Will.

Who Pays Inheritance Tax?

The 'personal representative' (the person nominated to handle the affairs of the deceased person) arranges to pay any Inheritance Tax that is due.

You usually nominate the personal representative in your will (you can nominate more than one), in which case they are known as the 'executor'.

If you die without leaving a will a court can nominate the personal representative, in which case they are known as the 'administrator'.

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Here's more on Estate Planning

Solicitors in Bournemouth Inheritance Tax Changes For Wealthy Clients Can Mean Lowering Tax And Keeping More Money For Your Heirs.

Complex changes to pensions rules have resulted in the potential to avoid inheritance tax.

Most people outside final salary or defined contribution pensions buy an annuity – a form of guaranteed income for life – with most of their fund. But a minority of pensioners choose to live off the income from the underlying fund, despite punitive taxes of up to 82pc which used to apply to the remainder of the fund if they died after the age of 75.

However, since April 2011, annuity purchase is no longer mandatory at any age and the tax rate applied to income drawdown funds left unspent by pensioners who die at any age has been reduced to 55pc.

Beats Giving Away 100% of Your Money

While that compares unfavourably with IHT at 40pc on estates in excess of £325,000 per person or £650,000 per married couple or civil partnership, it still beats giving 100pc of the capital to a life company in return for an annuity especially if you want to pass assets to heirs.

Now Skandia, the pensions company, has devised a way of using the new rules to maximise the portion of pension savings which can be passed tax-free to heirs - but which will only be useful to those with very large funds. Those aged 55 and over,  who can show they have a ‘secure income’ of at least £20,000 a year can choose what to do with their pension fund under a new facility known as ‘flexible income’.

Minimise IHT Liabilities

The idea behind the £20,000 threshold for flexible income is to ensure that wealthy pensioners won’t be entitled to means-tested State benefits, even if they spend the rest of their savings. Once pensioners have satisfied the £20,000 de minimis requirement, they can divide the rest of their pension fund into separate segments  - before drawing tax-free cash equal to 25pc of each segment to maximise income and minimise IHT liabilities.

Adrian Walker of Skandia explains: “Flexible drawdown is new but wealthy individuals can consider using flexible drawdown as a way to deliver retirement income more efficiently from their unused pension savings, avoiding a potential 55pc tax liability.

“It is surprising the difference using flexible income can have from an estate planning perspective. A  person’s estate could be more than £20,000 better off initially if they received their retirement income using flexible drawdown. Magnify this by the significant sums some people hold in their pension savings and you can start to see the dramatic difference such planning can have.”

For Inheritance Tax And Estate Planning Advice please contact me at Solicitors in Bournemouth.


Dedicated to Your Family

Paul Solomons



Paul Solomons
Solicitors In Bournemouth
Hamilton Court House, 1-3 Alum Chine Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8DT
0844 874 5377

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