ESTATE PLANNING AND REDUCING INHERITANCE TAX

Finding the best way to pass your wealth on to your loved ones

Protecting your estate and passing on wealth to loved ones is normally a big part of investment planning

Two things are particularly important when planning to leave an inheritance: ensuring that the right people inherit your wealth and minimising inheritance tax.

Estate Planning is the process of managing assets in the event of incapacity or death. Your possessions, property, pensions and money are all part of your estate. We can guide you through any potential liabilities that you or your family could be faced with. Careful planning will help minimise taxes, court costs and legal fees. Our advisers will work with you to review your estate planning regularly as your circumstances and the tax rules change.

If you leave more than 10% of your net estate to charity in your will, your inheritance Tax rate will be reduced.

We can offer financial advice on preserving your family’s wealth through financial gifting, trusts and other tax efficient ways to provide for your children and grandchildren’s futures. The earlier that you start planning, the easier it will be to achieve your objectives.

Inheritance Tax is the tax that your beneficiaries may have to pay on your estate

Under current legislation, anything over £325,000 will potentially be taxed at 40%. If you are married or in a civil partnership, you can inherit any unused allowance and pass on £650,000 tax free.

If you who own a home, or share of a home, and are leaving it to a direct descendant, for example to your child, you are entitled to an additional allowance, called the Residence Nil Rate Band. This effectively increases the threshold for Inheritance Tax and any unused allowance can also be transferred onto your spouse.

Inheritance Tax Planning often forms a large part of estate planning and is a complex area, as the decisions made can have long-term effects. Rising house prices mean Inheritance Tax is becoming an issue for more and more people. Our advisers can help you to minimise the amount of tax payable and improve the amount your loved ones receive.

When advising you on Inheritance Tax planning, we will consider the following:

Making a Tax-efficient Will

• Inheritance Tax Exemptions

• Gifts during your lifetime

The use of Trusts

• Life insurance

The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.

Will writing involves the referral to a service that is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place and along with Trusts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Frequently asked questions

Estate planning is reviewing your finances and assets and making a plan in advance naming who you wish to inherit your assets.

When creating an estate plan, you will need a full list of your assets and their worth and your life insurance policies. You will need to decide how you would like your estate to be distributed and the individuals you want to include in the estate plan.

In the 2018/19 tax year, the tax-free inheritance tax allowance is £325,000. The inheritance tax rate is potentially 40% of anything in your estate over the £325,000 threshold.

You can give your child up to £3,000 worth of gifts each tax year as an annual gift exemption without it being added to the value of your estate. In addition there are also other annual exemptions that may be available dependent on circumstances. 

You do not pay tax on a cash gift, however once received and then invested the capital could produce future income which may be taxable. In addition, should the person who made the gift die within 7-years of the gift, the recipient of could have a potential Inheritance Tax liability.

Over £5.1 billion in Inheritance Tax was paid in 2017*

                                        *Office for National Statistics, Inheritance tax receipts, 2017