Inheritance tax receipts are projected to reach £10bn per year by 2030, almost double the amount received by the UK government today, new figures reveal.
The analysis from Canada Life shows an increase in revenues from inheritance tax (IHT). It has taken 30 years to reach the current revenue level of around £5.1bn per year, but it is now expected to take only another decade to reach £10bn.
The increases come as the nil rate band, one of the most important means of protecting an estate from IHT, reaches its tenth anniversary of being frozen at £325,000. As asset values increase, but the nil rate band remains static, more people are caught in the inheritance tax trap and in real terms are able to protect far less of their estate from inheritance tax than before.
There’s plenty that can be done within the existing rules to reduce an IHT bill. Perhaps because of a very British reluctance to discuss death, many people - and sometimes their financial advisers - won’t bring up estate planning. As a consequence the government is undoubtedly receiving tax that with proper planning wouldn’t need to be paid."
According to Canada Life's research, many estates are also likely to end up paying more inheritance tax than is necessary, with approximately 18% of estates worth up to £1m failing to put in place an inheritance tax plan.
"There's plenty that can be done within the existing rules to reduce an IHT bill. Perhaps because of a very British reluctance to discuss death, many people - and sometimes their financial advisers - won't bring up estate planning. As a consequence the government is undoubtedly receiving tax that with proper planning wouldn't need to be paid," Neil Jones, market development manager at Canada Life, said in a statement.
"There are a wealth of solutions out there, like discounted gift trusts, which can reduce IHT while still enabling fixed, regular payments for people who are scared of ‘giving it away too soon'. We'd urge people to consider meeting with a financial adviser. For a relatively small outlay, the rewards for future generations can be enormous," he added.
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