Inheritance Tax Planning

Your dedicated lawyer will help you plan your Tax so your wealth is protected for your loved ones

Your dedicated lawyer will help you plan your Tax so your wealth is protected for your loved ones

Inheritance Tax - What should you consider?

It is becoming more important for us all to consider Tax when making future life decisions.

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable on your assets when you die but there are a  number of ways in which it can be reduced or avoided entirely. 

Our Inheritance Tax solicitors can help you plan your estate’s Inheritance Tax so your wealth is protected for your loved ones.

How can Goughs support you with Tax planning?

Inheritance Tax planning is always best done as far in advance as possible. This allows the maximum benefit to be made from things like gifting to loved ones or making charitable donations. Ensuring that you have a Will in place, that correctly details your wishes, is also vital.

At Goughs, we can advise on how to take advantage of the various reliefs and exemptions available to you, including ensuring that any allowances which can be transferred between spouses are available.

The laws on taxation change constantly and up to date advice on consideration is vital.

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about Tax planning

Inheritance Tax (IHT), sometimes referred to as ‘Death Duty’, is a tax on the estate left behind by someone who has died. The estate includes items like property, possessions, shares, and money sitting in bank and savings accounts.

The headline figure for inheritance tax is 40%, payable on everything in the estate over the value of a Nil Rate Band (NRB). In 2021, the NRB is £325,000 for a single person. This means that if the total value of a person’s estate, including property, possessions and money, came to £400,000, inheritance tax of 40% could be payable on £75,000.

However, there are some exemptions and transferable allowances that can help reduce this.

Inheritance Tax is due by the end of the sixth month, following the person’s death. Any delay will incur additional interest payments from HMRC. Where there is a valid Will in place, it is the executor who will arrange the calculation and payment of Inheritance Tax. If there is no valid Will, the administrator of the estate will do this.

We can advise on a variety of taxation issues revolving around Estate Planning, in particular what the tax implications are of various future life planning strategies, such as creating a trust fund for your loved ones, or being a beneficiary of a trust already.

You may also be considering making some gifts during your lifetime and want to know what the allowances are available to you and what the implications are of making such a gift.

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Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

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