We offer free initial advice and our Fixed Fee Complete Probate and Estate Administration service deals with Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and the Estate Administration process. Call our Probate Specialists today on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will help you.
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Do I Have to Pay Inheritance Tax?
In England and Wales, Inheritance Tax (IHT) typically has to be paid when an individual’s Estate (their property, finances and belongings) is worth more than £325,000 when they pass away.
The £325,000 figure is the current Inheritance Tax Threshold and is subject to change each year in the Budget. From April 2017 there will be an additional Inheritance Tax allowance in some circumstances for people who leave their homes to their children or grandchildren.
The current Inheritance Tax rate in England and Wales is 40% on anything above the current £325,000 threshold, however, it can be reduced to 36% if 10% or more of the Estate’s net value is left as a gift to charity.
What Does Probate Have to Do with Inheritance Tax?
Part of the Probate process is to get the Grant of Representation, which confirms the legal authority to administer the Estate. However, before this can be done, it is necessary to value the entire Estate of the deceased, and to calculate any Inheritance Tax due.
The correct Inheritance Tax form/s must be obtained, completed and submitted to HMRC (HM Customs & Revenue) or the Court. As part of the Grant of Representation application you must show either that you have paid any Inheritance Tax due, or that there is no Inheritance Tax to pay.
When you choose our Probate Complete Service we will take care of the relevant tax-related matters (excluding VAT) as part of the administration of the Estate.
Probate Complete has many benefits including a face to face discussion with a Probate Consultant and free ongoing advice and support for Personal Representatives. See Benefits of Probate Complete Service.
For free initial advice and guidance call our Probate team on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will call you.
If Inheritance Tax is Payable
The Grant of Representation will not usually be issued until the Inheritance Tax (IHT) has been paid to HMRC. This can potentially cause a delay in the administration of the Estate.
You will normally be expected to pay 10% of the tax due on the value of property and shares plus all of the tax due in respect of the rest of the Estate. This tax payment should be made within six months of death, with the additional tax in respect of the property and shares payable in yearly instalments over a ten-year period, or as soon as they are sold. Interest will start to accrue on any outstanding Inheritance Tax after six months from the date of death.
If it comes to light that there are further assets in the Estate, or the value of the Estate has not been correctly stated, it may be necessary to provide HMRC with a corrective account and pay any additional tax due, or reclaim any tax that was overpaid.
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Authorised & Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Probate Estate Administration in England and Wales is not a reserved legal activity which means that unregulated providers can offer Probate Estate Administration services regardless of whether they are insured, experienced or qualified to provide a full Probate service.
Co-op Legal Services is a trading name for Co-operative Legal Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, giving you peace of mind knowing that your Probate affairs are being dealt with by a regulated organisation and by a name you know and can trust.
As one of the largest providers of Probate and Estate Administration services in England and Wales, successfully dealing with over £500 million in Estates every year, Co-op Legal Services are experts in Probate and Inheritance Tax.
Many of our Probate Solicitors, Lawyers and Probate Case Handlers are members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). All STEP members are subject to an extensive Code of Professional Conduct, requiring them at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires the confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community.
Probate Solicitors and Local Probate Consultants are available in England and Wales only for customers using our Probate Complete Service.
For free initial advice call our Probate Advisory team on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will call you.
Co-op Legal Services have offices in Manchester, Bristol and London.