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  • Writer's pictureDavid Nicklin

Securing Your Legacy: Why Inheritance Tax Planning is Essential Amidst Proposed Changes

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As an experienced Estate Planner, I've witnessed the ebb and flow of discussions surrounding Inheritance Tax Planning over the years. The recent speculation about scrapping inheritance tax in the upcoming spring budget has once again brought this crucial topic to the forefront. However, let me assure you – planning for your legacy is not just a matter of government policies, but a proactive choice you can make.


The notion of abolishing inheritance tax has stirred the political landscape, with Downing Street dismissing it as mere speculation. While the debate rages on, one thing remains clear: for those who take the time to plan, inheritance tax becomes more of a voluntary contribution than an unavoidable burden.


With the average UK house prices on the rise, an increasing number of people may find themselves falling into the inheritance tax bracket.

Inheritance tax planning is often misunderstood, with only about 4% of estates currently paying it. Nevertheless, the landscape has changed. With the average UK house prices on the rise, an increasing number of people may find themselves with assets surpassing the £325,000 threshold – the point at which inheritance tax comes into play. This is especially pertinent when considering additional assets like life insurance, which can significantly contribute to the overall value of an estate.


It's not about evading taxes but rather about making informed decisions to safeguard your hard-earned assets for the ones you love. Many people unwittingly leave it too late to benefit from the myriad of strategies available for effective inheritance tax planning. The key is to act now and not wait until the last minute. Or worse, not plan it at all.


Consider this: the wealthiest 1% of individuals in the UK would be the primary beneficiaries if inheritance tax were to be scrapped. However, for ordinary families, strategic planning is the key to ensuring that more of your legacy goes to their loved ones and less to the taxman.


This isn't a time for complacency. Now is the time to take charge of your financial future and that of your family. The Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights that the wealthiest would reap almost half of the benefits of ditching inheritance tax. This emphasises the need, regardless of your wealth, to be proactive in planning to secure your legacy.


It's not just about reducing tax liability; it's about leaving a lasting impact on the people and causes that matter most to you.

Aligning your plans with your values can create a meaningful legacy that extends beyond financial considerations. It's not just about reducing tax liability; it's about leaving a lasting impact on the people and causes that matter most to you.


The rumours about scrapping inheritance tax should serve as a wake-up call.

Rather than relying on uncertain political developments, this is an area where you can take control of your legacy. By acting promptly and consulting with experienced professionals, you can navigate the complexities of inheritance tax planning and ensure that your hard-earned assets are preserved for future generations.


Ask yourself this? Does it make sense to wait for policy changes to erode what you've worked for? Or do you want to be the one who determines what your legacy looks like?


Contact us for a planning consultation today and pave the way for a secure and meaningful future for your loved ones.








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