• IHT may be payable when an individual's estate is worth more than the IHT nil rate band when they die.

• Lifetime and death transfers between UK domiciled spouses are exempt from IHT.

• For 2017/18, a further nil rate band of £100,000 may be available in relation to current or former residences.

• The IHT threshold available on death may be increased for surviving spouses as there may have been a nil rate band not
  used, or not fully used, on the previous death.

• There are reliefs for some assets which reduce their value for IHT purposes.

• IHT may also be payable on gifts made in an individual's lifetime but within seven years of death.

• Some lifetime gifts are exempt.

• Transfers of assets into trust made in an individual's lifetime may be subject to an immediate charge but at lifetime rates. ~

• There are also charges on some trusts.

IHT rates and nil rate band 2017/18 and 2016/17

IHT nil rate
 £325,000
Lifetime rate
 20%
Death rate  40%
Death rate if sufficient charitable legacies made  36%

IHT reliefs for lifetime gifts

 Annual exemption  £3,000
 Small gifts  £250
 Marriage  
 - parent
 £5,000
 - grandparent
 £2,500
 - bride/groom
 £2,500
 - other
 £1,000

IHT - reduced charge on gifts within seven years of death

 Years before death  % of death charge
 0-3  100
 3-4  80
 4-5  60
 5-6  40
 6-7  20

 

Disclaimer

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