Inheritance tax

Inheritance tax fears for pensions

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A landmark court case could bring certain pensions under the inheritance tax umbrella.

Beware: executors are liable for inheritance tax

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Make sure you’re up to date on the responsibilities that come with being an executor before you agree to take on the role.

A foolproof way to avoid inheritance tax. Or is it?

It is possible to pass on a lot of money to your heirs and pay no inheritance tax. But the plan has some rather large flaws, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tax the living, not the dead

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We should abolish inheritance tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and replace it with a gift tax, paid at the recipient’s tax rate.

Brace yourself for the painful blow of IHT

HMRC doesn’t make paying an inheritance-tax bill easy, says Ruth Jackson. Make sure you know how the process works.

Passing on the perks

Private pensions can be a good way of sheltering assets from inheritance tax. David Prosser explains.

Investments that help cut inheritance tax

Investing in companies that qualify for business property relief can reduce costs when your estate is passed on. Richard Beddard selects seven of the best.

Would you want your children as landlords?

One alternative to equity release is to gift your home to your children. But beware, says David Prosser – there are several pitfalls.

How to duck death taxes

Your estate might be rather smaller than the Duke of Westminster’s, but there are ways you can reduce your inheritance tax bill too. David Prosser explains.

Four ways to cut your IHT bill

Natalie Stanton explains how you can manage your finances later in life to ensure your family isn’t charged more than necessary when you die.

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