Inheritance tax Guides

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is complicated and difficult to navigate without expert advice. In this guide we will try to make things as clear as possible for you.

What is Inheritance Tax (IHT)?

What is Inheritance Tax (IHT) and when is it required? In England and Wales, inheritance tax (IHT) typically has to be paid when an individual’s estate (their property, finances and belongings) is worth more than £325,000 when they unfortunately died. However, there may be factors that can increase this amount.

Need help with Inheritance Tax?

Our friendly specialists are here to help you and can offer information and a free, no-obligation quote over the phone. 

Understanding Your allowances

Everybody has a personal allowance for Inheritance Tax – this is called the nil rate band. Inheritance Tax only applies to the part of your estate valued above the nil rate band. This is why many people don’t leave behind an Inheritance Tax bill when they die.

Inheritance Tax Thresholds

Information current up until 5th April 2026 with information on Nil rate band, Residence nil rate band and tables of thresholds for additional Nil rate bands. 

Inheritance Tax Calculator

Estimate the value of your estate and how much inheritance tax may be due when you die. Updated for the 2020-21 tax year and valid until 5 April 2026

Inheritance tax paid on what you leave behind to your heirs, and they could pay as much as 40% tax on what they inherit. 

Reducing or managing an Inheritance Tax bill

There are several ways to manage or reduce an Inheritance Tax bill. This is known as estate planning. Spending or giving away your assets is the simplest form – but there are many other options.

Please note: Advice in relation to trusts and inheritance tax planning is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, however, the products used in relation to trusts and to mitigate tax may be regulated. We are currently applying for authorisation and therefore we do not sell any of the products at present that require us to be authorised.

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We have extensively trained in Inheritance Tax and we believe that we have the best systems in place to deal with your Inheritance Tax in a fast efficient and accurate manner. 

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