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It's more and more likely that you will need to consider inheritance tax in your financial plans. Although it used to affect only the very wealthy, a general rise in house prices over the past decade means that more people have fallen into the inheritance tax bracket.
Inheritance tax is payable if the value of your estate exceeds £325,000 (in the tax year 2013/14). Tax on any part of your estate above this threshold may be charged at 40%. However, there are various exemptions and reliefs available, and it is sometimes possible to use the nil rate band of a spouse or civil partner who dies earlier.
Your estate includes everything you own, less any outstanding debts, when you die. Even if you give away some of your assets during your lifetime, such as property or money, they may still be included in your estate if they are given away within 7 years of your death.
There are ways that you can reduce the potential inheritance tax bill, or even eliminate it altogether. Please note that tax rules can change in the future.
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