Inheritance Tax Planning Advice
Although inheritance tax planning may seem complicated, in reality, if you speak to the experts at Black Lion Wealth it won’t be. You can stop worrying now. You’re on the right page.
Black Lion Wealth has the skills and knowledge to help you minimise the money that the tax man will take from your estate when you die. Obviously, all our inheritance tax planning advice is legal. What’s more, it could mean the difference between a robust pay out and cruel clear out. Or rather, what seems like one.
Effectively, with the right advice, your loved ones’ future financial security could be the safety net they deserve and need.
Death…and taxes. Yes, they will both happen.
It goes without saying that none of us is planning to die any time soon. We’re all living longer, healthier lives and long may it continue.
However, it really is true that the only two things absolutely certain in life are death and taxes. You can’t swerve these things. Therefore, it’s well worth considering how best to leave your hard-earned assets to those coming up after you when you are no longer here.
You can’t take it with you.
But what can you do? Not only can Black Lion Wealth help you to manage your finances now and into retirement, we can also offer you the right advice for you to leave the best possible legacy to your family.
Of course, there are some simple steps you can take. But stop right there. In our opinion, there’s a lot of confusing advice available, often given out by people who really should know better.
We’ll make things simple, so get in touch as soon as possible.
What is Inheritance Tax?
In essence, inheritance tax is the tax that is paid on your assets (after tax allowance deductions) when you die.
The government will assess how much your estate is worth, then deduct your debts from this amount to measure its value. Your assets include:
- Your property
- Your business (if you own one)
- Most stocks and shares
- Life insurance policies not written into trusts
In short, everything.
How much inheritance tax will I pay?
There are a number of banded thresholds, similar to the tax structure you’re already familiar with in your working life. Broadly, in simple terms, anything over £325,000 excluding your “main residence” allowance (see below) will be taxed at 40%.
Obviously, any estates valued at less than £325,000 will be in a nil-rate band.
The main residence concession
It gets a little more complicated. Sorry. Basically, there are new rules that offer parents or grandparents the ability to pass on a home worth up to £1million (£500,000 for singles).
This leeway only applies to your main residence (not your holiday home or a second home). And, the person inheriting has to be directly related, although that includes any step children you may have.
OK. With us so far?
Different tax years, tax allowances, your marital status and distinct property and asset values are now coming into play, so it’s definitely worth contacting us for advice.
Who pays inheritance tax?
In theory, everyone. Inheritance tax is intended to benefit all of us, should you die a wealthy man or woman. A leveller, of sorts.
However, if you’re in the armed forces, a firefighter, a paramedic, police officer, even a humanitarian aid worker, your family will not be liable for inheritance tax if you die in active service.
And being married?
If you’re married or in a civil partnership, your spouse could be exempt. But beware. If you’re not married but own joint assets (for example, your property), the situation could be more complicated.
Paying the bill
Your executor will be tasked with paying the inheritance tax bill. Once paid, probate can enable the estate to pay out to your descendants.
The value of Investments is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise and you may not retain the amount you originally invested.
If you drawdown too much Income or your investments underperform, you run the risk of running out of funds.
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How can Black Lion Wealth help you?
If you have assets, then good financial advice is well worth the investment.
Furthermore, the advice we offer is particularly valuable to home owners with larger, more expensive properties or who live in areas which have seen a steady growth in house prices.
It is no exaggeration to say that with Black Lion Wealth, you could save literally thousands of pounds.
We’re here to help you make sense of it all. Above all, our goal is to educate and inform. Overall, we want you to make informed choices about what could be the most important decision of your life. That is, what happens after your death.
Our team has the skills to offer you advice to protect your legacy. How? By making sure that your money ends up with the people you most wish to inherit it, for the reasons you choose.
Here are just a few things to consider:
We can offer you advice on this important aspect of legally avoiding inheritance tax. In summary, money given away to your loved ones will not be subject to tax, providing that you live for at least seven years further.
What’s more, if you decide to make large gifts, your beneficiaries could take out Life Insurance against a possible tax implication (see below). Again, there’s “small print” and we can help you with this.
If you own property, land, investments or have money saved, a trust could be a good way of managing and protecting your assets. With a trust, your beneficiaries can take advantage of your generosity while you’re still alive, as well as on your demise.
Passing on your pension
You may not be aware, but it’s perfectly possible (and legal) to do this.
Surprisingly, any monies that remain in your pension when you die do not form part of your estate. Therefore, the funds don’t get added up when the government wields its money calculator. Good news for your loved ones.
Even better, you may be able to reduce the size of your estate this way and pass on your pension, tax free. Good news.
You see? Inheritance planning and trusts don’t have to be stressful.
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