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Inheritance Tax Review – An Update

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Potentially changing the Inheritance Tax regime is big news at the moment and the past few weeks have provided some interesting developments. As mentioned in a previous article, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has requested that the Office for Tax Simplification carry out a review of the Inheritance Tax regime. Soon after this, the Office of Tax Simplification provided a scoping document for the review. On 27th April, the Office for Tax Simplification provided their call for evidence. This call comprises of two parts. Firstly, there is an online survey aimed at the public directly to access the public’s practical experience or understanding of Inheritance Tax. Secondly, the Office for Tax Simplification has also provided a set of consultation questions aimed at the public, professionals and business owners. These questions cover areas such as: Difficulties in completing IHT Forms Difficulties in administering an estate and completing probate Interacting between lifetime…

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Inheritance Tax Exemptions and Allowances

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Where clients are wishing to reduce their potential inheritance tax liability, there are lifetime inheritance tax exemptions and allowances they should be made aware of. For a number of these, they may need to seek regular advice from tax specialists to ensure that they will qualify for an exception or do not exceed an allowance. Annual Exemption Each person has an annual exemption of £3000 per year that can be gifted in any way that will not be considered for inheritance tax purposes. If the full £3000 is not used fully in that year, any unused allowance may be rolled over to the next year once. Small Gift Exemption Small gifts of £250 or less are exempt from inheritance tax. A person can make as many of these gifts as they like each tax year as long as the total amount gifted to each individual is less than £250. This…

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Chancellor requests a review of Inheritance Tax

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In a letter published on the 31st January, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has requested that the Office for Tax Simplification carry out a review of the inheritance tax regime. The Chancellor has acknowledged that the inheritance tax system is complex and wished for simplification to ensure that the system is fit for purposes and operates as smoothly as possible. It is requested that the review considers: Technical and administrative issues, such as the process of submitting returns and paying any tax due Practical issues around routine estate planning and disclosure How current gift rules interact with the wider inheritance tax system and whether the current system causes distortions when making decisions about transfers, investments and other transactions. A document covering the scope of the review will be agreed and published by the Office for Tax Simplification in due course. This request for a review comes less than a year…

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Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs)

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Section 3A of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 provides provisions specifically for Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs). A PET is a transfer of value which is made during the lifetime of an individual; in other words, it is a gift of an asset and provided certain conditions are met, the PET can be exempt from IHT. The conditions which must be met are: The individual must have made the transfer on or after 18th March 1986. It must be a gift to another individual or to a specified trust. No benefit from the transfer must be retained. Individual must survive 7 years for the full value of the asset to fall completely out of the Estate for tax purposes. Where the death occurs after 3 years following when the transfer was made, taper relief applies and has the effect of reducing the tax liability on the transfer rather than the full…

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