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Inheritance tax

This information applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Inheritance tax is a tax which is paid on the things of value you leave behind when you die. This is called your estate.

Inheritance tax will need to be paid if the value of your estate adds up to more than £325,000. There are some exceptions to this rule, for example, if you leave your estate to your husband, wife or civil partner.

You can get information about inheritance tax from the GOV.UK website and the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website.

This information includes:

  • how and when you have to pay inheritance tax
  • inheritance tax exemptions
  • inheritance planning.

To view the information, go to the GOV.UK website at

You can find forms for probate and Inheritance tax on the HMRC website at

You can also find further information with useful examples on the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group website at

In England and Wales, you can also get information about inheritance tax and living together if you live with your partner without being married or in a civil partnership at:

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