Inheritance Tax To Be Simplified
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) have undertaken a detailed review of Inheritance Tax (IHT), which is perceived by many as a complicated tax. The government normally takes account of OTS recommendations and their report is likely to lead to future changes to the rules. We will keep you posted as the changes may necessitate amending your Will or further planning to pass on your wealth.
There are also numerous misconceptions about how the tax operates, particularly in connection with gifts during someone’s lifetime. One of the proposed changes is to shorten the period for lifetime gifts to be exempt from 7 to 5 years. The OTS also recommended replacing the current £3,000 annual allowance, marriage allowances and the exemption for regular gifts out of income with a £25,000 personal allowance each year.
To find out more, please contact our Tax Partners, Steve Crompton or Lucy Williams, on the details below:
Partner – Head of Tax
direct dial: 01942 292541
mobile: 07790 840394
direct dial: 01942 292543
mobile: 07807 053494