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Additional Tax Allowance for Property Owners - The Full Story

13 March 2017 #Private Client #Private Client #Real Estate #Clarkslegal


Next month sees the introduction of the Residence Nil Rate Band, offering those with children or remoter descendants who own their own property a substantial additional inheritance tax allowance.

However, the following month, probate fees are going to increase from the current rate paid on solicitor applications, being £155 to in some cases as much as £20,000.  The fee increase is on a sliding scale starting at £300 for estates under £300,000 and rising sharply as detailed below:

  • £300 for estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000 
  • £1,000 for estates worth more than £300,000 and up to £500,000 
  • £4,000 for estates worth more than £500,000 and up to £1 million 
  • £8,000 for estates worth more than £1m and up to £1.6 million 
  • £12,000 for estates worth more than £1.6m and up to £2 million 
  • £20,000 for estates worth more than £2 million

Potentially more worrying are the rumours coming out that plans are in place to increase the  rate of inheritance tax from 40% to cover the increasing cost of social care, reported in the media here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/02/philip-hammond-inheritance-tax-plans-revenge-undead

For additional information on any of the points raised above, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our private client team.

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