Inheritance Tax (IHT) is the tax that you pay on the value of your estate on death if it exceeds a certain value. With careful planning, IHT can be considerably reduced or even removed completely, so that your loved ones can receive as much of your legacy as possible. There are various options available to you to reduce or remove IHT, including:
- Gifting to reduce the value of your estate. This needs to be carefully managed so that you have sufficient money to live on.
- Trusts such as Discounted Gift Trusts, Loan Trusts and Reversionary Interest Trusts. Each type has various means of providing an income whilst reducing the value of your estate.
- Life assurance to ensure that funds are available to cover the IHT bill, so that your beneficiaries receive the full estate.
Naturally, this is a complex area which requires careful planning and advice. Sometimes there is a need to involve other professions, such as solicitors and accountants. We will work closely with yours, or can recommend our own professional contacts for you to appoint. To discuss how you can make sure that your loved ones receive as much of your estate as possible, please get in touch.