Inheritance Tax


Succession planning using nominations and trusts

How testamentary freedom is limited by forced heirship rules and using trusts and beneficiary nominations in succession planning. Topic:Succession planning
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Nil-rate band discretionary trusts

Since the introduction of the transferable nil-rate band, the use of the nil-rate band discretionary trusts is now appears limited for estate planning. However, it remains an important tool in effective estate planning. Topic:NIL Rate Band
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Excess income? Why not ‘top up’ a trust...

The ‘normal expenditure out of income’ exemption is an underutilised IHT exemption particularly for gifts into trust which are traditionally used with lump sums. Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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Wills and trusts part 1

The terms "will" and "trust" are common, but sometimes poorly understood. The distinctions between them are significant, as they are both important in estate and succession planning but generally serve different purposes. In a well thought out financial plan they are complementary to each other. Here we look at what they are and how they’re created. Topic:Succession planning
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Wills and trusts part 2

Wills and trusts, as described in our previous article ‘wills and trusts part 1’, are common, but sometimes poorly understood. The distinctions between them are significant, as they are both important in estate and succession planning but generally serve different purposes. Here we look at each in more detail. Topic:Succession planning

Main residence Nil Rate Band – don’t turn your back on IHT planning

An article providing a brief summary of the new Nil Rate Band available for an individuals residence and the impact it will have on IHT planning. Topic:NIL Rate Band
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Consultation – IHT on UK property

The UK Treasury issued a consultation paper outlining changes to the inheritance tax (IHT) treatment of UK property held within offshore structures on Friday 19 August 2016. Changes will apply from 6 April 2017. Topic:Succession planning

Absolute or discretionary trust and IHT

The following article provides information about inheritance tax planning for UK domiciled individuals where a gift has been made and the individual does not require access to capital or withdrawals. Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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UK IHT and chargeable lifetime transfers

Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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Application for an IHT reference number

This article explains when an Inheritance Tax reference number should and should not be obtained before paying Inheritance Tax on an estate. Topic:Succession planning
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Normal expenditure out of income

This article explains the inheritance tax planning benefits of making regular gifts out of income. This article assumes that you are familiar with the basic workings of inheritance tax. Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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An introduction to forced heirship

The following article provides an overview of the principles of forced heirship rules. Topic:Succession planning
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14-year rule when making gifts

This article outlines why it is important for an adviser to establish the full gifting history of a settlor who makes gifts into discretionary trusts for inheritance tax purposes. Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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Finance Act: How will property nil rate band work in practice?

Last year the government announced measures designed to tackle the growing number of estates drawn into an inheritance tax liability as a consequence of house price appreciation. Topic:NIL Rate Band
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Rules of Intestacy

This article explains how your estate will be distributed under the laws of England and Wales. It also touches briefly on how this differs from the laws of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Topic:Succession planning
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UK Intestacy rules

From 1 October 2014, the UK intestacy rules have been amended by the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014.  Topic:Succession planning

Business/Agricultural Property Relief

Topic:Succession planning
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Forced heirship and Manx law trusts

The following article explains how Isle of Man trust legislation works and how this may be used to minimise and possibly eradicate the issues related to forced heirship in some jurisdictions. Topic:Succession planning
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UK IHT gifts - exemptions and reliefs

This article is designed to give you a basic understanding of the exemptions and reliefs available for UK inheritance tax payable on gifts. Topic:Lifetime Gifts
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Obtaining a domicile ruling before death

UK HMRC rarely provide rulings until they become relevant for tax purposes. However, a guidance note was issued by HMRC (HMRC Brief 34/2010) which details the circumstances in which an individual’s domicile will be considered for IHT. Topic:NIL Rate Band

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