Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts for April to August rose 12% 12 months on 12 months to £2.9bn, based on new information this morning from HMRC.
It is 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 the moment round one in each 25 estates pays IHT as inflation and home worth will increase take extra estates over the edge.
The brink has been frozen at its present stage since 2010.
Shaun Moore, tax and Monetary Planning skilled at Quilter, mentioned that IHT is not an issue only for the very rich.
He mentioned: “In years passed by, though universally hated, IHT was one thing solely the very rich suffered.
“Nonetheless, now partly due to hovering property costs increasingly persons are getting caught within the IHT internet. The very fact the Nil Price Band and the Residence Nil Price Band will stay frozen till 2026 doesn’t assist both. Many households significantly 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 associate and Monetary Planning and wealth administration agency Evelyn Companions, mentioned households should take into account tax planning as a part of their common Monetary Planning.
She mentioned: “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 attainable modifications are made by the brand new Truss administration. The nil fee band and residence nil fee band which have been frozen till at the very least 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 recurrently overview their tax planning and take a detailed take a look at the allowances obtainable to them to make sure they don’t find yourself paying extra tax than they should. By contemplating tax planning methods resembling making presents to relations or investing tax-efficiently there are a variety of professional methods households could possibly scale back or eradicate their IHT payments.”
Alex Davies, CEO and founding father of Wealth Membership, mentioned that while IHT reform could also be on the agenda for the brand new authorities modifications shouldn’t be anticipated quickly.
He mentioned: “The brand new PM has acknowledged that she would overview inheritance tax guidelines if she got here into energy. However it’s exhausting to think about IHT is prime of the to-do listing for Friday’s Mini price range, particularly with so many extra urgent points at hand. The tax is a crucial money cow for the Treasury, and the additional £300 million collected within the final 4 months is definitely wanted.
“Nonetheless, there are just a few reforms the federal government may take into account. Scrapping the tax altogether appears unlikely, however slicing the 40% fee or rising the edge which has been frozen since 2010 at £325,000 would all be welcome modifications.”