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Property prices rises mean many more will be liable for inheritance tax

Richard Dearden
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Richard Dearden
Property prices rises mean many more will be liable for inheritance tax

Many people think inheritance tax only applies to the wealthy, however house price figures show that the average homeowner will face paying an IHT bill from next year.

The Halifax house price index said house prices have hit a record high of £278,123 after rising 10.8% in the early part of 2022.

Inheritance Tax nil band freeze

With IHT nil band being frozen at £325k until 2026 the average house price only needs to go up by £46,877 before it is eligible for the tax which may come as a shock to many.

The inheritance tax nil-rate band has now been frozen at £325,000 since 2009, when the average house price stood at just £159,900, a fraction of today’s £278,123.

The £325,000 nil-rate band will now be the same until at least the 2025/26 tax year by which time some homeowners whose property is worth less than the average will also be liable.

Increase in estates being taxed

Dicky Davies, Director of Business Development at Tower Street Finance said: “There’s a lot people can do to mitigate their inheritance tax bill but even now around 25-30k estates are liable for the tax.

“For many this comes as a shock and they don’t know how they’re going to pay, meaning the estate becomes locked.

“We can help your clients who find themselves in this situation get hold of the money earlier which means you save time and money and your client doesn’t have to worry.”

Find out more at about our Inheritance Tax Loan product or call us on 0343 504 7100.

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