How much inheritance tax will I pay?
23rd May 2014

Inheritance tax (“IHT”) is currently taxed at a rate of 40% on any amount over the current threshold of £325,000. A reduced rate of 36% is payable if the estate qualifies as a result of a charitable donation.

Since the pre-budget statement of October 2007, married couples and registered civil partners can now effectively increase the available threshold on their estate on the death of the second parter – up to as much as double the available threshold (currently equivalent to £650,000).

There are also a number of exemptions available even on estates that would otherwise be over the threshold limit when passing assets that do not attract IHT. These include:-

– Spouse exemption
– Charity exemption
– Potentially exempt transfers
– Business, agricultural or National Heritage reliefs

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