Learn the practical steps surrounding the transfer of the inheritance tax nil rate band.
- It's possible to transfer any unused percentage of the inheritance tax nil rate band from a deceased spouse or civil partner to the surviving spouse or civil partner.
- A formal claim process is in place when the surviving spouse dies and not when the first spouse dies.
- Where there has been more than one marriage, the survivor’s NRB can never be increased by more than 100%.
- Records should be kept after first death to support the subsequent transferable NRB claim.
- Regardless of domiciled status, every individual is entitled to the full NRB.
- On 23 November 2018, the Office of Tax Simplification published its First Report regarding its review of the IHT regime. The second report was published in July 2019.
- In Budget 2021 it was announced that the IHT thresholds at 2020/21 levels will be maintained up to and including 2025/26. This maintains the NRB at £325,000, the RNRB at £175,000 and the RNRB taper starting at £2m.