Inheritance Tax Planning
Is Inheritance Tax (IHT) likely to affect me?
As a rough guide, if your assets exceed £325,000 (known as the Nil Rate Band or NRB) the excess will be taxed at 40%. If you are married or widowed your executors can now claim two allowances thus meaning you do not have a problem if you die with assets below £650,000. Of course it is not as simple as this.
Inheritance tax – IHT is usually only payable on the second death within a married couple providing suitable Wills have been drawn up leaving the excess over the NRB to the surviving spouse.
As IHT is charged on the second death you should of course do some projections as to what your estate will be worth at that time as in many cases your estate value grows faster than the NRB allowances.
The rules regarding Inheritance tax were changed in October 2006 and so if you have not had your existing Wills reviewed since that time is advised to do so. Bluebond advisers will do this for you free of charge at an initial meeting with us.
How do I avoid paying inheritance tax – IHT?
Life assurance is usually the most expensive route and does not avoid the tax but provides the funds to pay it. There are many more cost effective ways but basically it involves giving assets away, either directly or into trust. We do not recommend giving assets directly to your children as they may get divorced and lose your money or even worse you may lose your home.
Trusts are usually a better route as they enable you and your beneficiaries to not only avoid the inheritance tax after 7 years but also help keep control of the assets in the event divorce or bankruptcy of your children. If set up correctly they can also help avoid care home fees.
However before you give assets away you need to ensure that you are financially secure for the rest of your natural life. The good news is that money placed into trust can also continue to supply you with an income stream for life. A proper financial plan is essential for your peace of mind in this area.
Why should I use Bluebond to help me with my Inheritance tax planning?
Like all tax planning this area is much more complex than many independent financial advisers appreciate. A good understanding of both the legal side and the financial planning side is essential in order to provide you with the most suitable financial advice.
As most of our clients are millionaires, many are referred to us specifically for Inheritance tax advice. Bluebond Tax and Trusts was set up specially to help people with their estate planning and Inheritance tax in particular, as it forms a large part of our work. As such we are very experienced in this particular area. Many of our clients are unlikely to pay any Inheritance tax at all despite assets well over 1 million pounds.
Any questions on Inheritance tax planning?
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