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My Uncle left £305,000 from the sale of his flat and also £100,000

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My Uncle left £305,000 from the sale of his flat and also £100,000 in investments. This was to be divided equally between 3 charities and 4 family members. The Executors of his will, a firm of London solicitors, have said that we have to pay £50,000 Inheritance Tax even though he took financial advice and planned his will so that nothing would be due to be paid of the Inland Revenue. We have all received £55,000 each but approx. £50,000 has been paid to the Inland Revenue. Having taken advice from 3 people who have queried what the solicitors have done and advised us that nothing should have been paid to IHT. My uncle died in 2013 and it appears to me that the solicitors have not only been very slow to settle matters but have also be negligent in carrying out his wishes.
Sue Phillips
HiThank you for your questionMy name is ***** ***** do my best to help you but I need some further information firstWhat makes you think that no Inheritance Tax would have been payable?
I have been told by an IHT expert that the threshold is £320,000 plus any money paid to the charities ie. 3/7ths of the £404,000 before Inheritance Tax applies
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In fact what the payment to charity allows for is a reduced rate of 36%
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However the figures simply do not add up - did you get a copy of the Estate Accounts?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello ClareI have a copy of the 'First Interim Estate and Distribution Accounts' but haven't received a final one yet.Sue Phillips
What do the figures say so far?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Assets/Income = £467,908.66
Liabilities of the Estate/Ad. Expenses = £78,626.39 this include £57,401.25 Inheritance Tax and their fees of £17,100
Balance to Distribution Account = £389,282.27Distribution Account
First plus Second distribution to each of the 3 charities = £54,180.53 minus £3,339.51 charity exemption.
First plus Second distribution to each of the 5 beneficiaries = £54,180.54I have been advised by my own solicitor and two other people with Inheritance knowledge that the IHT400 should reflect the £320,000 plus any money paid to the charities (£150,000 approx.) is calculated before IHT is applied. If the money exceeds £470,000 then it at this point IHT will apply.The solicitors who were the Trustees haven't worked on this formula. I hope this is clear.Sue Phillips
HiIn fact that is not quite how it works.Provided more than 10% of the Estate goes to Charity it is possible to qualify for a lower rate of Inheritance Tax - 36% rather than 40%.Then when the residue is divided the gifts to the Charities are exempt - so in fact the estate pays 5/8ths of the bill rather than the full amount.Details here that the assets are higher than I thought the figures now workI hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further detailsClare
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