Our latest blog series explores the complexities of Estate Planning in order to provide you with a concise overview of the fundamentals. Following our previous blog ‘Your Money not the Taxman’, we break the subject down further.
There’s a lot written about inheritance tax (IHT) planning and much of it is useful and reasonable. There are clever schemes that involve gifting money, investing in particular share classes that qualify for certain reliefs, complicated products from life companies, and a plethora of different trust arrangements available directly from Solicitors. However, although these schemes work, before you engage in them you should firstly consider more simple solutions, some of which I have set out below.
In this issue, Pippa Oldfield, a Financial Planning Analyst with Leeds based financial planning firm Manse Capital looks at the opportunities available for philanthropic giving.
Buying an overseas property is probably the most exciting thing that you will ever do. The prospect of holidays to come, or even moving abroad, is a very enticing prospect for many people and when you do it, you probably can’t wait to go out to your new property. However, it does make sense to take a step back and think at this stage about who you want to inherit from you, as arranging things now can make a big difference not only in terms of making things easy for your heirs, but also in terms of reducing tax...
Pension tax on death is what the Treasury takes from your personal pensions when you die. If you are under age 75 and die before taking any pension benefits, the value of your fund will normally be paid to your nominated beneficiaries as a tax-free lump sum. If however you die after age 75, and have still not taken benefits, any lump sum death benefits will be taxed at 55%.
Having wealth brings with it many advantages but also responsibilities. One of these is to ensure that after your death, any wealth that remains is a benefit to your family, other individuals or organisations you wish to support and not an expensive burden. If asked “what would you want to happen to your wealth after you die” most people will reply with a check list of quite reasonable wishes