Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts for April to August rose 12% 12 months on 12 months to £2.9bn, in accordance with new knowledge this morning from HMRC.
This can be a £300m enhance on the identical 5 month interval final 12 months.
IHT is paid at 40% on belongings valued above the £325,000 threshold.
At present round one in each 25 estates pays IHT as inflation and home worth will increase take extra estates over the brink.
The edge has been frozen at its present stage since 2010.
Shaun Moore, tax and Monetary Planning professional at Quilter, stated that IHT is now not an issue only for the very rich.
He stated: “In years passed by, though universally hated, IHT was one thing solely the very rich suffered.
“Nevertheless, now partly due to hovering property costs increasingly more persons are getting caught within the IHT internet. The actual fact the Nil Price Band and the Residence Nil Price Band will stay frozen till 2026 doesn’t assist both. Many households notably within the southeast that may not class themselves as rich must pay IHT simply because their properties have elevated a lot in worth.”
Julia Rosenbloom, tax accomplice and Monetary Planning and wealth administration agency Evelyn Companions, stated households should think about tax planning as a part of their common Monetary Planning.
She stated: “Whereas the outlook for IHT is unsure, extra households are already being pushed into its scope given frozen allowances and rising home costs – even earlier than any doable adjustments are made by the brand new Truss administration. The nil charge band and residence nil charge band which have been frozen till no less than April 2026 are pushing IHT receipts upwards, so folks ought to give cautious thought to their tax planning to assist minimise the probabilities of being hit by a hefty IHT invoice.
“Households ought to commonly assessment their tax planning and take a detailed take a look at the allowances accessible to them to make sure they don’t find yourself paying extra tax than they should. By contemplating tax planning methods comparable to making presents to relations or investing tax-efficiently there are a selection of legit methods households might be able to scale back or remove their IHT payments.”
Alex Davies, CEO and founding father of Wealth Membership, stated that while IHT reform could also be on the agenda for the brand new authorities adjustments shouldn’t be anticipated quickly.
He stated: “The brand new PM has acknowledged that she would assessment inheritance tax guidelines if she got here into energy. Nevertheless it’s exhausting to think about IHT is prime of the to-do checklist for Friday’s Mini funds, particularly with so many extra urgent points at hand. The tax is an important money cow for the Treasury, and the additional £300 million collected within the final 4 months is definitely wanted.
“Nonetheless, there are a number of reforms the federal government may think about. Scrapping the tax altogether appears unlikely, however reducing the 40% charge or rising the brink which has been frozen since 2010 at £325,000 would all be welcome adjustments.”