The following Private Client guidance note Produced in partnership with Katya Vagner of Mishcon De Reya LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
On death, a person is treated as having made a transfer of value equal to the value of their estate immediately before death. Exemptions from UK inheritance tax (IHT) fall into three categories:
those that apply during lifetime only
those that may apply either during lifetime or on death, and
those that apply on death only
The majority of the IHT exemptions are available both for lifetime transfers and transfers made at death and one such exemption is gifts to charities.
Generally, transfers to a qualifying charity or registered amateur sports club in the UK, EU and other specified countries (Norway and Iceland) will be exempt from IHT. The charity exemption is very widely used and in practice, the personal representatives (PRs) will simply need to supply the registered charity number or details of the registered club to HMRC when submitting the IHT account. Due to the wide benefit of this exemption, there are provisions to restrict its abuse. As the exemption for EU charities is part of UK law, it will not be directly affected by the UK’s departure from the EU (ie Brexit).
For further information on the IHT treatment of charitable gifts, see Practice Note: Charities and inheritance tax.
A major change to IHT, for deaths on or after 6 April 2012, is the potential reduction in the rate of IHT from
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