New research published this week has revealed that there is still ‘widespread confusion’ among UK adults regarding the rules governing Inheritance Tax (IHT) and ISAs in England and Wales.
According to a survey recently featured in Moneywise magazine, more than half (54 per cent) of British adults are unsure whether or not ISAs are subject to IHT.
Furthermore, 21 per cent of adults erroneously believe that ISAs do not form part of a person’s taxable estate – and will therefore never attract IHT.
Following the publication of the findings, Octopus Investment – the financial services firm which commissioned the research – has said that more needs to be done by the Government in order to “educate and raise awareness” of the rules and restrictions which apply to IHT.
The comments come shortly after the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, called for a review of IHT amid concerns that the rules governing the UK’s existing IHT regime are “particularly complex” and are leaving many Britons completely bewildered.
In England and Wales, individuals are entitled to an IHT allowance of £325,000. Any estates valued at higher than this will attract IHT at a rate of 40 per cent – but there are numerous ways individuals can mitigate their IHT liability.
For example, if a person leaves at least 10 per cent of their net estate to a charitable cause, the amount of IHT they will be charged on the remainder of their estate will be reduced from 40 per cent to just 36 per cent.
Individuals are always advised to seek specialist legal advice in relation to their unique circumstances.