Inheritance Tax – tax-free gifts
We wanted to remind our readers of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) implications of making cash gifts during the current tax 2020-21 tax year that ends on 5 April 2021.
You can give away up to £3,000 worth of gifts each tax year. This is known as your annual exemption. Any unused part of the annual exemption can be carried forward, but only for one year. So, if you didn’t make any cash gifts in 2019-20, you could gift up to £6,000 this tax year.
There are also generous exemptions for normal gifts made out of your income, but you must be able to maintain your standard of living after making the gift. There are also reliefs available for wedding or civil ceremony gifts. You can gift up to £1,000 per person with higher limits of £2,500 for a grandchild or great-grandchild, £5,000 for a child.
You can also give as many small gifts of up to £250 per person as you want during the tax year but only if you haven’t used another exemption on the same person.
There is no IHT to pay on lifetime gifts between you and your spouse or civil partner as long as you both live together, permanently in the UK.
Other gifts, outside these limits, count towards the value of your estate and should be carefully considered.