Inheritance tax and gifts

06 Sep 2019

A recent study found that just 45 per cent of people who are gifting assets or large sums of money understand inheritance tax (IHT) rules.

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One-fifth of people facing higher inheritance tax bills with probate delays continuing

09 Aug 2019

The families are facing extra death duties because overdue IHT carries interest rates higher than three per cent.

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Last year saw surge in over 45’s asking for IHT advice

28 Mar 2019

The number of over-45s seeking estate planning advice has risen sharply in the past year as many struggle to understand inheritance tax (IHT) rules, research has shown.

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Inheritance Tax receipts hit “record high” in 2018

08 Feb 2019

Inheritance tax payments have increased by more than £1 billion since 2014/15, new figures reveal.

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Government considering backing down on proposed changes to probate fees

21 Dec 2018

The Government are considering backing down on a proposed change to probate fees which has been labelled as the ‘stealth death tax’ on top of existing inheritance levies following heavy criticism from the House of Lords. The proposals would have meant that estates worth £2 million or more would pay £6,000 in probate fees, up […]

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Inheritance Tax gap at £600 million a year

14 Dec 2018

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has found that the tax gap for inheritance tax is £600 million a year despite a steady increase in receipts seen by HM Revenue & Customs. Last week they released the first report on the inheritance tax system. In the report, the OTS highlighted the ‘relatively high’ tax gap […]

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Report calls for Government to revamp Inheritance Tax system

23 Nov 2018

A new report has called for the Government to move to a new fully digital system for inheritance tax (IHT).

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Inheritance Tax receipts expected to hit new record high

26 Oct 2018

A new analysis carried out by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) this week has estimated that Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts are likely to soar to a new record high for the 2018/19 tax year. The OBR has pointed out that, in the first six months of 2018/19, IHT receipts reached around £2.8 billion. If […]

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Parents acting as ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ reminded not to forget about IHT

28 Sep 2018

Parents who gift money to their children or grandchildren in a bid to help them get on the property ladder are being reminded to consider the complex Inheritance Tax (IHT) rules affecting gifts.

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Navigating the minefield that is Inheritance Tax

03 Sep 2018

Dying Brits are becoming an increasingly important source of finance for the tax man.  Official data released earlier this month revealed that the amount paid in Inheritance Tax (IHT) recently hit a record high, breaking through the £5 billion mark for the first time as more estates were hit by the tax.

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