Residential Nil Rate Band & Downsizing

Lucy Orrow Tax Accountant Essex Lambert ChapmanPosted by Lucy Orrow:

We’ve all come across people who in later life have decided to move to a smaller property, “now the kids have moved out” or “we don’t need the space, it’s too much work”, but how are these people affected when it comes to the new Inheritance Tax rules for leaving their home in their Will?

From April 2017 as you may have read in my earlier article, HMRC introduced the new Residential Nil Rate Bond (RNRB) starting at £100,000 and increasing to £175,000 by 2020/21.

This relief against tax is available when your main home is left to a direct descendant – child or grandchild.  What if you have moved to a less valuable home - how does this impact on the relief available?

HMRC have covered this by introducing “downsizing provisions”.

If before 8 July 2015, the previous home would have been eligible for the RNRB and any sale or gift happened later, then additional relief will be available equal to the amount lost.  If, however, this is before 5 April 2017 then the maximum additional relief is £100,000.

There are a number of scenarios which can arise and we will be happy to review your own personal circumstances to ensure that you understand your position and can make alterations if necessary.

Remember the RNRB also has the ability to be transferred between spouses or civil partners on death, if the property is transferred under the spousal exemption.  This ensures your spouse or civil partner is not affected detrimentally.

Please contact our Inheritance Tax Specialist, Lucy Orrow for more information.

September 2017

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