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Inheritance Tax Solutions - Trustees of IIP Trusts

Trustees of IIP Trusts

How can we save/reduce IHT payable upon death of the Life Tenant?

Client Circumstances

  • Mr and Mrs White in second marriage
  • Children from first marriages
  • Upon Mr White’s death IIP Trust is established
  • His estate value, £500,000, passes to Trust
  • Mrs white’s remaining estate value exceeds IHT free amount
  • Mrs White = Life Tenant entitled to income
  • Children = Remaindermen entitled to capital
  • Upon death of Life Tenant IHT payable by Trustees = £200,000
  • Children’s capital value reduced to £300,000

Recommended Solutions

  • Trustees invest £500,000 capital into a (or a range of) suitable Business Property Relief (BPR) qualifying investments

Benefits from advice given

  • After holding the investment for 2 years, the trust investment is removed from Life Tenant’s taxable estate
  • Regular income payable to the Life Tenant throughout their lifetime
  • Trustees retain control and access
  • Children benefit from any capital growth
  • Interestingly, even if the investment fell in value, by say 20%, on death the reduced value to the children still represents a greater return than doing nothing (by £100,000)
  • After 2 years the Trustees have eliminated the entire IHT bill - a saving of £200,000
  • Trustee may be more generous with income payments to Life Tenant as capital appreciation met from IHT saving

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This example is for illustrative purposes only, based on current legislation and tax allowances. Tax rules and regulations are subject to change.

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