In the Summer Budget 2016, the rules on Inheritance Tax changed. From April 2017, while the individual Inheritance Tax threshold remains at £325,000, each person has an additional family home allowance of £100,000, which is relevant where their main residence forms part of the estate. In such circumstances, individuals can now pass on assets - which include the family home - to their children or grandchildren worth up to £425,000, with no Inheritance tax liability.
Certain lifetime gifts can be made without giving rise to an inheritance tax charge. For 2017/2018 the annual gift exemption is £3,000 and it is worth considering making a gift of this amount if you are in a position to do so.
In addition, if you did not make use of any part of the £3,000 annual gift exemption to which you were entitled for 2016/2017, then this can be utilised before 5th April 2018. Please note that any unused allowance for the earlier tax year must be used before the current year’s allowance. It can only be carried forward for one year and then, if unused, it is lost.
Unlimited gifts can also be made in the form of Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs). Provided you live for 7 years after making the gift, it will be free of inheritance tax.
Please ensure that, should a gift be made by cheque, sufficient time is given for the cheque to clear before 5th April; otherwise it will not be included in the current year’s total.
Gifts of £250 can be made to any number of separate individuals without giving rise to an inheritance tax charge. Gifts of varying amounts can also be made between family members on the occasion of a wedding/civil partnership ceremony, without any inheritance tax liability.
Some aspects of Inheritance Tax planning are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Information regarding taxation levels and basis of reliefs are dependent on current legislation and individual circumstances, are not guaranteed and may be subject to change.