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As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’, and inheritance tax touches both of them.
We all lead busy lives, so it’s possible most of us have not given IHT planning much of a priority. There may be several practical and personal reasons behind this.
Currently the threshold for a single person is £325,000 or £650,000 for married couples and civil partners.
However, if you want to make sure you leave as much as possible to your beneficiaries then you will need to plan to provide funds for the IHT tax when due.
One of the simplest ways of providing funds for this potential IHT liability is by means of a life policy written in trust for your beneficiaries which will be used to pay the IHT liability when due.
But, it’s not just about taking out an insurance policy. Have you considered any of the following?
These are just some of the options available. To find out more please contact your adviser.
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