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Inheritance Tax planning will cost UK taxpayers 3bn this year. Since October 2007 it is possible to transfer any unused Inheritance Tax threshold from a late spouse or civil partner to the second spouse or civil partner when they die.
With the IHT exemption threshold frozen at 325000 for three years, it’s essential to plan ahead and avoid overpaying taxes. For the 201112″ tax year, therefore this could result in a 650000 IHT tax threshold for the second partner.
The threshold can only be transferred after the death of the second partner which must have occurred on or after 9 October The executors or personal representatives of the second partner to die can transfer the nil rate band from one partner to the other by applying to the HMRC. Even if they die at identical time, the executor can transfer the full percentage when the second spouse or civil partner dies. Notice, if maximum estate of the first partner was left to the second partner 100 of the threshold was unused. Nonetheless, the first step is to work out what percentage of the threshold you can transfer. If the original will was changed, you will need to supply a copy of the first will, the grant of probate or death certificate and a deed of variation.
The value was transferred to the second partner and the value of the estate when they die.
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