Contrary to the belief of some, Inheritance Tax not only affects the very rich, but other people may be liable without realising.
Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as Inheritance Tax. The structures into which you transfer your assets can have lasting consequences for you and your family. At Co-operative Wealth, we can help you choose structures and trusts designed to protect your assets and give your family lasting benefits.
Getting the right balance
It is crucial to find out now if you potentially have an Inheritance Tax liability – or could do so in future years. Historically, Inheritance Tax planning used to be an activity confined to the very rich. However, growing affluence means that this is no longer the case. Even families and individuals with a relatively moderate level of wealth should consider planning ahead to ensure that their assets are passed on to their loved ones as efficiently as possible. Property price increases have also dragged many middle-class working families into the Inheritance Tax bracket.
Effective estate planning is about getting the right balance between maintaining access to your money when you need it and saving tax. This is because, in general, the more tax-efficient a solution is, the less access you have to your assets. Safeguarding your own financial future is very important, and giving too much away could put this at risk.
Estate planning, trust planning, tax planning and Will writing is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Levels, bases of and reliefs from taxation may be subject to change and their value depends on your individual circumstances.