Inheritance tax is complex, but a number of reliefs and exemptions are available.

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax on the estate of someone who has passed away. Currently, IHT 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.

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Watch: Solicitor Lynn Wicks talk through when inheritance tax is payable on an estate and how these costs can be reduced, including through gifts to charity.

Useful contacts

Citizens Advice Bureau

Solicitors for the Elderly
0844 5676 173
[email protected]

The Law Society
020 7320 5650

Law Society of Scotland
0131 226 7411
[email protected]

A guide to making your will

A guide to making or amending your Will

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