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Queen's Speech

I’ve not read it yet but you can be pretty sure that there will be nothing there of any interest to those interested in probate or planning estates. We might be in for a period when we see much less or no tinkering with the laws relating to inheritance.

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Ignorance of gift rules is not bliss

According to a recent survey carried out by an equity release provider called Key Retirement, almost half of parents and grandparents do not understand the tax rules on making gifts. This substantial minority is unaware that their estate might have to pay inheritance tax on gifts which have been made to family members.

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Parents Lack Awareness of Inheritance Tax

New research by Prudential has highlighted a lack of understanding of inheritance tax (IHT) amongst some over-55s in the UK.

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Inheritance tax: new residence nil rate band

At last it has arrived.  From 6 April 2017 there is a new residence nil rate band.  More and more families have to pay inheritance tax (IHT) when a relation dies.  Simply as a result of higher house prices, many estates are now over the £325,000 IHT free allowance.  This allowance is called the nil rate band.  The Government is forecasting that inheritance tax across the UK as a whole will increase from £2.9 billion in 2011/2012 to £6.2 billion in 2021/22.  The new residence nil rate band will help some families who face the risk of paying IHT.  It will increase the individual IHT free allowance by £100,000 upon death, provided you plan to leave a family home to children or grandchildren.  This definition includes adopted children, step-children and foster children.  The allowance will rise by £25,000 annually over the next three tax years.  So in 2018/19 it will be £125,000 per person, £150,000 per person in 2019/20 and £175,000 per person in 2020/21.

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Share Registrars

Share Registrars are the companies that maintain company share registers. There are only three which count and in order of helpfulness and efficiency they are Equiniti, Capita and very much in last place Computershare.

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