The Chartered Institute of Taxation, CIOT, is again warning that home owners must think about inheritance tax (IHT) in planning their affairs. Contacts: John Whiting, immediate past President, CIOT:
Tel: 020 7804 4422; Mobile: 07710 027 595
Press Office: Viv Rees, Head of Communications, Tel: 020 7245 4109;
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The Chartered Institute of Taxation, CIOT, is again warning that home owners must think about inheritance tax (IHT) in planning their affairs.
John Whiting of the CIOT said:
“With the average house price rising at 20% p.a., very soon simply owning an average house will put you into Inheritance Tax. Mr & Mrs Average in London & the South East are already there! For many, their heirs will be faced with selling the family home to meet the IHT bill and have a somewhat smaller nest egg as a consequence.”
The CIOT notes that the threshold for IHT (currently £250,000) has basically gone up in line with general inflation in recent years and has been far outstripped by house prices increases.
John Whiting continued:
“With predictions that by 2020 the average house price in the UK will rise to £330,643, every ordinary house owner in the country could be in the IHT net. This will certainly increase the current £2.5bn yield of IHT but one has to question whether the tax was intended to reach everyone. IHT planning is always possible, but is the tax hitting the right target?”
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