Changes introduced from 6th April 2012 reduce the level of inheritance tax from 40% to 36% where 10% of the ‘net estate’ is gifted to charity. We believe each family should consider gifting 10% of the value of their estate, subject to affordability on death. In the case of a married couple, this would normally be on the second death.

Without a donationWith a donation
Gross Estate£1,000,000Gross Estate£1,000,000
Less: Nil Rate Band-£325,000Less: Nil Rate Band-£325,000
Net estate on which charitable legacy is calculated£675,000Net estate on which charitable legacy is calculated£675,000
Received by charity£0Received by charity-£67,500
Taxable estate£675,000Taxable estate£607,500
Less: Inheritance tax @ 40%-£270,000Less: Inheritance tax @ 36%-£218,700
Remaining estate (inc. nil rate band)£730,000Remaining estate (inc. nil rate band)£713,800

The estate’s beneficiaries ‘lose’ £16,200 but the charity gains £67,500. This represents a benefit to the charity of four times greater than the value of the donation, or put another way, an effective tax relief of 76%

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