Estate Planning & Inheritance Tax Planning


It is important to remember that you don’t have to be a millionaire for your estate to be eligible for Inheritance Tax.


The first £325,000 (2017 / 2018) of an individual’s estate is taxed at 0% and is therefore not liable to Inheritance Tax. For married couples and registered civil partners it is currently £650,000, as it is for widows or widowers where their deceased partner did not use their nil rate band on death. Anything in excess of this amount is taxed at 40% on death.


This includes:



Most people nowadays are therefore liable for this tax unless they plan positively, and quite legally, to defer or avoid this responsibility.


The rate of Inheritance Tax is 40% for everyone. This is equivalent to the highest current rate for income tax. The tax is paid by those that inherit – and is deducted from the value of the estate on death – so inheritance tax is relevant whether you stand to gain an inheritance or you plan to leave one.


Following the severe stock market volatility over the last few years, now may be an ideal time to review the whole of your financial portfolio.


I can help with the following:


  • Investment strategies for income and capital growth
  • Increasing your income in retirement
  • Reducing the impact of Inheritance Tax (Your home probably equals the nil rate band of Inheritance Tax)


My aim is to show you how you can protect your capital from the ravages of Income Tax, Capital Gain Tax and Inflation. I also offer financial planning for Inheritance Tax.


If you are unsure whether it is worthwhile for you to give me a call, ask yourself the following questions:


  • What effect will the cost of long term or immediate care have on my investments and assets?
  • Is my capital growing to my satisfaction?
  • Will my income keep pace with inflation?
  • Can my taxation be reduced?
  • Who will benefit most on my death – the tax man or my heirs?


If you have any doubts about your answers to these questions please give me a call