- The value of your estate is below the threshold at which Inheritance Tax is applied, or
- You leave everything to your spouse or civil partner, or
- You leave everything to an exempt beneficiary, such as a charity.
- The amount on which inheritance tax will be charged is £275,000 (£600,000 minus the £325,000 threshold).
- At the general rate, the tax payable will be £110,000 (40% of £275,000).
- The general rate can be reduced to a rate of 36% on some assets if the deceased leaves 10% or more of the 'net value' to charity in their will.
- Annual £3000 allowance
- Normal expenditure out of income
- Lifetime direct gifts with no immediate IHT. Some lifetime gifts are subject to IHT (i.e. those to discretionary trusts that are above the NRB), this is at a reduced rate.
- Taper Relief can mean that gifts given in the 7 years prior to the gift giver's death can result in a tax charge below 40%.
- Death benefits can be subject to Inheritance Tax if the estate has a legal right to the payment, or the member can dictate to whom any benefit is paid
- There is a lifetime transfer made of the death benefit when the member is in ill-health
- On lump sum death benefits where no discretion exists around who to pay the benefits to.
- If you’ve taken your tax-free cash, but don’t spend or gift it before you pass away, it will be included within your estate and IHT may be charged
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