Sale of shares from deceased estate

By Tolley

The following Trusts and Inheritance Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Sale of shares from deceased estate
  • Sale of shares relief ― principles
  • Sale of shares relief ― claims process
  • Sale of shares relief ― practical points

Sale of shares relief ― principles

If shares are sold in the year following death at an overall loss, relief may be available by substituting the sale price of the sold shares for their death values, thus generating a repayment of inheritance tax.

The basic conditions for claiming the relief are:

  • the shares sold must be ‘qualifying investments’. This means:

    IHTA 1984, s 178(1)

    • quoted shares and securities (including those quoted on a recognised foreign stock exchange). The shares must be quoted at the date of death
    • unit trusts
    • shares quoted on NASDAQ
    • open ended investment companies (OEIC)
    • Unlisted Securities Market (USM) shares (but not unquoted shar

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