Keeping up to date with tax changes can be challenging and you may have missed this one in relation to the reporting of Inheritance Tax (IHT), especially as it’s not something most of us will deal with very often.
The changes came in at the start of the year and apply to the estate of anyone who dies on or after 1 January 2022. Now, before you make a report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) you need to check whether the estate is an ‘excepted estate’ to make sure you complete the right forms.
There are several reasons why an estate may now be classified as ‘excepted’:
• The estate has a value below the current IHT threshold (£325,000 for one person)
• Any unused threshold is being transferred from a spouse or civil partner who died first, and the estate is worth £650,000 or less
• The estate is worth less than £3m and the deceased left everything in their estate to their surviving spouse or civil partner who lives in the UK, or to a qualifying registered UK charity
• The estate has UK assets worth less than £150,000 and the deceased had permanently been living outside of the UK when they died.
A step-by-step guide
Further details on how to value an estate for IHT and report its value can be found here www.gov.uk/valuing-estate-of-someonewho-died/check-type-of-estate
Thinking of your own IHT planning
More people are having to pay IHT; HMRC figures show IHT receipts for the period April 2021 to January 2022 to be £5bn, which is a £700m increase on the same period one year earlier.* IHT planning is a complicated subject, but sensible financial planning can help to reduce the amount of IHT payable and safeguard your wealth for the future.