Understanding inheritance tax

Inheritance tax explained

  • All you need to know about inheritance tax
  • Understand the new IHT rules
  • Find out how you can avoid inheritance tax
  • What you can give away tax-free
  • How to work out your inheritance tax bill

What's in this guide

Inheritance tax: thresholds, rates and who pays

The ins and outs of inheritance tax: Which? explains the basics in this easy-to-use inheritance tax guide Contains video

Rules for married couples and civil partners

Inheritance tax rules for couples mean you may be able to leave more money behind tax-free

Inheritance tax planning and tax-free gifts

You're allowed to make some gifts without having to pay tax. We explain tax-free gifts Contains video

IHT taxable gifts

Some gifts will always attract inheritance tax immediately. Understand IHT taxable gifts

Gifts with strings attached

You can't give away something and continue to benefit from it and save IHT 

Avoid inheritance tax

Make gifts during your lifetime, put life insurance under trust or take out insurance to pay the tax bill

Your inheritance tax bill

We offer tips and advice for working out just how much your inheritance tax bill will be

Inheritance tax checklist

Things to remember when calculating your inheritance tax bill

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