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inheritance

How can you maximise your cash before the end of the tax year?

Tax planning might not sound like the most exciting way to spend your time, however it could have a significant effect on your finances. As the 2020/21 tax year draws to a close there are multiple considerations for what you can do to utilise your cash before the limitations reset as well as planning ahead for the future.

Four methods to reduce your IHT liabilities

Dubbed ‘the most hated tax in the UK’, inheritance tax (IHT) is a tax paid by a person who inherits money, property or any form of possessions from a person who is deceased. The government earned more than £5bn in 2018 from IHT. 

Gifts and Inheritance Tax (IHT)

However, in most cases you will not need to open your cheque book as there are a number of exemptions that may cover your intended gifts. 

The new tax year is here: did you use up all your allowances?

With the new tax year now upon us, any allowances that you used up in full during 2018/19 have been reset and you can now begin using them again.    

Can you change a will after death?

On the face of it, this sounds implausible. How can you change your will if you have died? In reality, as long as any beneficiaries left worse off after any change, agree, you can change a person’s will after their death.

Chancellor calls for a simplification on Inheritance Tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has already highlighted inheritance tax (IHT) as an area ripe for an overhaul and now the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has asked the body to conduct a system-wide review of the current tax regime, and wants to see proposals for simplification, ‘to ensure that the system is fit for purpose and makes the experience of those who interact with it as smooth as possible’.

Chancellor calls for a simplification on Inheritance Tax

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has already highlighted inheritance tax (IHT) as an area ripe for an overhaul and now the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has asked the body to conduct a system-wide review of the current tax regime, and wants to see proposals for simplification, ‘to ensure that the system is fit for purpose and makes the experience of those who interact with it as smooth as possible’.

Looking to minimise inheritance tax?

Planning to minimise Inheritance Tax (IHT) is something that many of us put off until it is too late. IHT is charged on a person’s estate when they die and on certain gifts made during their lifetime. The rate of tax on death is 40%.

Looking to minimise inheritance tax?

Planning to minimise Inheritance Tax (IHT) is something that many of us put off until it is too late. IHT is charged on a person’s estate when they die and on certain gifts made during their lifetime. The rate of tax on death is 40%.

Passing on the Family Home

New inheritance tax rules for passing on the family home start on 6 April 2017 and many people have a New Year’s Resolution to either make a Will or update their Wills.

Passing on the Family Home

New inheritance tax rules for passing on the family home start on 6 April 2017 and many people have a New Year’s Resolution to either make a Will or update their Wills.

Spending the kids inheritance......

When considering any type of tax planning and in particular Inheritance planning it is important to ensure that you do not give too much away too quickly. You have worked hard to accumulate your savings and assets. When looking at gifts, ensuring that you have enough funds to maintain your lifestyle is the number one priority.

Spending the kids inheritance......

When considering any type of tax planning and in particular Inheritance planning it is important to ensure that you do not give too much away too quickly. You have worked hard to accumulate your savings and assets. When looking at gifts, ensuring that you have enough funds to maintain your lifestyle is the number one priority.

Where there's a will there's a way.....

If you have not made a will your estate may not go to the beneficiaries that you intend it to. In October 2014 the Intestacy laws changed, reformed to suit the Modern Family. The changes improve the position for surviving spouses but may lead to more claims by Adult children under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Where there's a will there's a way.....

If you have not made a will your estate may not go to the beneficiaries that you intend it to. In October 2014 the Intestacy laws changed, reformed to suit the Modern Family. The changes improve the position for surviving spouses but may lead to more claims by Adult children under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Where there's a will...

If you leave your entire estate to charities, will you be turning in your grave if disinherited relatives mount a challenge to break your last will and testament, and succeed?  

Where there's a will...

If you leave your entire estate to charities, will you be turning in your grave if disinherited relatives mount a challenge to break your last will and testament, and succeed?