Inheritance tax is paid from the estate of someone who has passed away, if their estate is above a certain threshold.

However, a number of reliefs and exemptions are available. Currently, inheritance is not paid on anything under £325,000, which is known as the nil rate band. Anything over this threshold is normally taxed at a rate of 40%, but the threshold or rate can change in certain circumstances. For example, gifts to your spouse, other family members and charities can reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay.

If you leave 10% or more of your estate to charity, then your estate will qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax, at 36%.

What can I do about inheritance tax?

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As a beneficiary of a Will after someone has passed away, you can make a Deed of Variation to make the estate more tax efficient.


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