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Inheritance Tax Planning

At Garratts, our adept inheritance tax planning solicitors offer bespoke strategies, not just for the wealthy but for anyone aiming to optimise their estate in a tax-efficient manner.

Inheritance tax planning is a crucial aspect of estate management, ensuring your legacy is passed on to your loved ones with minimal tax burden. Our comprehensive inheritance tax planning service is designed to align with your unique circumstances and wishes, providing peace of mind for the future.


Understanding inheritance tax planning and its significance

In England and Wales, inheritance tax planning involves assessing and organising your estate to reduce the Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability upon your death. This proactive approach is vital for anyone looking to safeguard their assets and ensure their estate is distributed according to their wishes, without a significant portion being eroded by taxes.

The essence of effective inheritance tax planning lies in its potential to significantly enhance the value of the inheritance passed to your beneficiaries. Through careful planning and legal strategies, it is possible to mitigate the impact of IHT, ensuring your loved ones benefit fully from your estate. This secures your financial legacy and alleviates potential financial burdens on your family.


How can wills and probate solicitors assist with your inheritance tax planning?

Wills and probate solicitors play a pivotal role in inheritance tax planning, offering specialised knowledge and strategic advice tailored to your unique circumstances. 

Here's how they can assist with your inheritance tax planning:

  • Estate valuation: Understanding the total worth of your estate is the first step in Inheritance Tax Planning. Our solicitors can help you accurately assess your estate's value, considering the IHT threshold and any reliefs or exemptions that may apply.
  • Gift strategies: Strategic gifting can reduce your estate's value for IHT purposes. Experienced wills & probate solicitors can guide you through annual gift allowances, small gift exemptions, and the potential implications of gifts made within seven years of death.
  • Trust formation: Trusts can be an effective tool. At Garratts, our expertise extends to setting up various types of trusts, such as Discretionary Trusts, which can offer flexibility and potential tax advantages while ensuring your assets are managed according to your wishes.
  • Will review and update: An outdated Will can significantly impact the IHT efficiency of your estate. We can review and update your Will to reflect current tax laws and your personal circumstances, ensuring it works in tandem with your tax planning objectives.
  • Bespoke advice: Every estate is unique, and so are the tax planning strategies required. Our personalised approach ensures that your inheritance tax planning is tailored to your specific needs, providing clear, actionable strategies to maximise your estate's value for your beneficiaries.


How to maximise exemptions and reliefs in inheritance tax planning

When it comes to inheritance tax planning, it is crucial to utilise the available exemptions and reliefs fully. Wills and probate solicitors are well-versed in identifying opportunities to reduce your estate's tax exposure, such as:

  • Nil-Rate band: Utilising the £325,000 nil-rate band effectively, which can be transferred between spouses and civil partners, potentially doubling the exemption to £650,000.
  • Residence nil-rate band: Leveraging the additional £175,000 residence nil-rate band when passing your main residence to direct descendants, further reducing potential tax. Plus, any unused portion of the residence nil-rate band can be transferred to a surviving spouse, potentially increasing tax savings for your family.
  • Business relief: Exploring business relief options for business owners, which can offer 50% or 100% relief on business assets, significantly lowering the taxable value of the estate.
  • Agricultural relief: For estates with agricultural property, agricultural relief can provide substantial reductions in taxable value, ensuring that family farms can be passed on without a hefty tax bill.


FAQs on inheritance tax planning

Can you avoid inheritance tax by giving gifts?

You can give up to £3,000 tax-free each year, and other smaller exemptions may apply. Gifts made within seven years of your death may still be taxable.

What trusts can help with inheritance tax?

Trusts are complex, so seek professional advice. Some, like Discretionary Trusts, can offer potential tax benefits but come with rules and responsibilities.

Does an old Will affect inheritance tax?

An up-to-date Will clearly states your wishes and can minimise the tax impact. Consider appointing an executor familiar with Inheritance Tax rules.

How much will inheritance tax cost?

Unfortunately, that depends. Each estate is unique. It is best to seek professional advice for a personalised estimate and planning strategies.

Where can I learn more?

Start with the government website, but consider consulting financial advisors, solicitors, or other qualified experts for tailored guidance. They can help you navigate these complex topics and make informed decisions about your estate.

Why choose Garratts for your inheritance tax planning needs?

Choosing Garratts means entrusting your estate to a team that combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of tax implications. We are dedicated to devising strategies that protect your assets and ensure your legacy is passed on efficiently and effectively.

You can call us at 0161 665 3502 or request a callback. Let our team help you navigate the complexities of inheritance tax, ensuring your peace of mind and the security of your legacy.


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