31 May 2017
Back in the March 2011 Budget, the Chancellor announced a cut in the rate of inheritance tax (IHT) for those leaving at least 10 per cent of their estate to a charity. Since then, statistics show there has been a sharp increase in the amount of charitable donations left in wills with an accompanying rise in the tax relief granted, suggesting that the policy is working as intended. Sadly though, there also seems to have been an increase in family members challenging wills where the family feel they have been disadvantaged as a result of the charitable bequests.
14 March 2017
Some changes in inheritance tax law can affect your will. On 6 April 2017 the first tranche of the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) of £100,000 will be introduced, with further increases up to a maximum of £175,000 by 6 April 2020. The conditions to qualify for the RNRB are such that careful Will drafting is required.
07 July 2015
The Chancellor outlined measures to allow individuals to pass on their family home on death up to a value of £1 million without suffering inheritance tax, but the funding for this has to come at a cost to those high earners planning for their retirements. Step in changes to pensions.
30 June 2015
Without the shackles of a Coalition partner, it’s possible the Conservatives may introduce some unpopular measures in this Budget, in the hope that any outrage will die down long before another Election.
Karen Clark is the tax partner in charge of the London private client team at RSM.