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Inheritance Tax Planning
Inheritance Tax Planning Advice
An important part of financial planning is looking at the potential impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT) as it can disrupt your plans in relation to passing down wealth to your family. At True Bearing, we can help you minimise your IHT liability by looking at your circumstances and using our knowledge on allowances, schemes and rules to create a suitable planning strategy.
If you are over the threshold, payment of IHT will reduce the value of the estate that you will be passing to your beneficiaries. Therefore, if you are likely to be required to pay IHT, it is worth looking at what steps you are able to take to keep your estate as intact as possible.
What is Inheritance Tax?
IHT is the tax payable by an estate once a person passes away. An estate is classed as a person’s property, assets and possessions. Depending on the value of the estate, it could run into many hundreds of thousands of pounds, but it’s not just those with high value estates that will benefit from IHT advice.
Anyone with an estate worth over £325,000 will pay IHT and so, in order to protect your wealth and ensure a legacy for future generations, True Bearing can help. There are several ways that we can mitigate or reduce your inheritance tax liability in line with HMRC rules and guidelines.
Inheritance Tax is normally charged at 40% of the value of your estate above a certain amount. This is known as the IHT threshold or nil-rate band (NRB), which is currently £325,000. Additionally, married couples can combine their IHT thresholds, meaning that up to the first £650,000 of their combined estate is IHT-free.
There is also the new IHT Residence Nil-Rate Band of £175,000. It is in addition to an individual’s own NRB of £325,000, and conditional on the main residence being passed down to direct descendants (e.g. children and grandchildren).
True Bearing has Independent Financial Advisers located throughout the North of England including Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Yorkshire and Cumbria. Your local, experienced Independent Financial Adviser will be able to help with all types of tax and Inheritance Tax Planning.
By engaging True Bearing for your Inheritance Tax Planning needs, we can work with you to ensure you have an accurate and viable IHT plan in place. This will take the worry away from your family when you pass on, and will give you peace of mind in the meantime.
Get in touch with us today to book a no-obligation appointment at our expense. During this introductory meeting, we will get to know you and understand your financial position and personal circumstances so we can be in the best place to assist you with IHT planning.
How True Bearing Can Help You
Any type of tax planning can be confusing, complicated and time consuming, but inheritance tax planning is especially complex, which is why we are here to help. True Bearing is not like many other Independent Financial Advisory firms that provide IHT advice. Our clients are at the centre of everything that we do and by understanding their personal needs and circumstances, we can recommend the most suitable strategies for them.
We will consider a number of options to mitigate your IHT, including:
- Will planning
- Power of Attorney
- Lifetime gifting
- Life cover
- Trusts and lump-sum arrangements
The plan that is right for you may include many or none of the above; however, it is important that we consider these solutions in line with your goals and aspirations to make sure your wishes are met. By employing True Bearing’s services, you can have peace of mind that all the IHT advice is accurate, safe and legal. We'll offer a detailed explanation of how to plan for inheritance tax, what to consider, and how to ensure you aren't paying more than you need to.
We have been providing tax planning advice to our clients since 2003, and have helped individuals, landlords, sole traders and business owners with their tax matters. As a Chartered Firm, our advisers are among the most qualified in the UK. In addition, our advisers undergo regular training to ensure they are fully up to date on the latest developments to ensure that they are able to make the right recommendations for you.
Frequently asked questions about Inheritance Tax Planning
How much Inheritance Tax will I pay?
Tax paid on an estate over the value of £325,000 (£650,000 for couples) will be 40%. However, there are various allowances that you could be able to take advantage of to reduce this amount. Your Independent Financial Adviser will be able to assist you with this.
Can I reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax I need to pay?
Yes, your Independent Financial Adviser will be able to discuss with you the ways that your IHT bill could be mitigated
What is the nil-rate banding?
The nil-rate banding is currently set at £325,000, which means that the part of your estate under this value will not be subject to Inheritance Tax
What is the difference between Inheritance Tax planning and intergenerational planning?
There is an important difference between IHT planning and intergenerational planning. IHT is logical and prepares your estate for your children and other beneficiaries. Intergenerational planning involves deciding when your beneficiaries will receive the assets and why.
Can I give away assets before my death to reduce my tax bill?
Yes, you are able to make gifts up to £3k in value every year to friends and family but they will be subject to tax if you die within a certain time of making the gift. Your Independent Financial Adviser will be able to explain how this works and if it is suitable for your circumstances.
True Bearing can provide you with reliable, quality and independent inheritance tax planning advice. To find out more, get in touch with us today to arrange a one-to-one introductory meeting at our expense. This will give you an opportunity to sit down with a financial planner and discuss your circumstances and needs with us, so that we can help you in the most appropriate way.