The number of people charged inheritance tax (iht) on gifts has climbed for 36 months in a row, much more individuals dropped nasty of difficult rules.

After a freedom of data demand, hm income & customs recently disclosed a rise in estates responsible for iht on gifts up from 873 estates in 2015/16, to 920 in 2016/17 and 993 in 2017/18.

The income tax recharged on presents rose from 135m in 2015/16, to 156m in 2016/17 and 197m in 2017/18, the most recent 12 months that data is readily available. entirely, 5.2bn was raised in 2017/18 from 24,200 properties.

The disclosure uses a grim projection from workplace for budget responsibility which forecast the other day your range properties subject to iht will rise due to the pandemic from 25,200 in 2019/20 to 30,400 in 2020/2021.

Becky oconnor, head of retirement benefits and cost savings at interactive investor, a system, stated: numerous groups of older uk people who passed away from coronavirus could today deal with unanticipated inheritance tax bills on the estates. a lot of which passed away unexpectedly will not have had time to prepare their particular matters.

Zena hanks, partner at accountancy company saffery champness, which made the foi, said rising asset costs and a decade-long freeze within the iht threshold had been drawing naive taxpayers into the income tax.

Iht is recharged at 40 % on properties worth above a 325,000 threshold a figure which includes remained exactly the same since 2009.

Many affluent people are encouraged to give away possessions during their lifetime to prevent dealing with a large iht bill, as specific gift suggestions is completely tax free. included in these are gift ideas between partners, regular gift ideas made out of extra earnings or a 3,000 annual present allowance.

At the same time, under a system referred to as seven-year guideline possessions gifted during a persons life time tend to be excluded from iht if individual life about seven many years after making the present. the iht liability is tapered according to as soon as the gift was handed, aided by the optimum 40 % levied on gifts made under 3 years before demise, dropping to 8 percent on those made six to seven years before demise.

The foi revealed more and more beneficiaries tend to be paying iht on these types of gifts. advisers said this was probably because of the complexity of the poorly-understood rules and benefactors dying within seven years of making the gift.

Many people just who make gift suggestions in their life time don't realize various readily available allowances and exemptions, let-alone that their gift ideas could wind up finding its way back to bite their particular beneficiaries by means of a large goverment tax bill, ms hanks added.

She urged would-be benefactors maintain detail by detail records of this quantities they give away during their life to present a report path for hmrc in case the gifts tend to be examined after their particular demise.

Svenja keller, mind of wide range planning at killik & co, a wealth manager, stated she was usually approached by individuals inside their eighties looking to manage their particular matters in order to avoid a big iht bill.

Youre really running out of options by that time plus it becomes almost far too late, she said. the sweet spot [to take action] is when youre within sixties and seventies, even though you can even begin contemplating preparing within fifties.

Hmrc reported 5.2bn in iht receipts in 2019/20, tracking its very first fall-in receipts in 10 years partly considering an increase in an iht exemption labeled as the household nil speed band.