2019/20 2020/21
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Inheritance tax
Single person’s nil-rate band £1-£325,000 £1-£325,000
Single person’s 40% band over £325,000 over £325,000
Residence nil-rate band (RNRB) – maximum (note 1) £150,000 £175,000
Reduced rate (note 2) 36% 36%
IHT rate (for chargeable lifetime transfers) 20% 20%
Married couples or civil partnerships allowance nil-rate band £650,000 £650,000
Gifts to charities Exempt Exempt
Small gifts to same person £250 £250
General gifts – annual exemption £3,000 £3,000
Wedding gifts from parent £5,000 £5,000
Wedding gifts from grandparent/party £2,500 £2,500
Wedding gifts from other person £1,000 £1,000
Note 1: The RNRB is available in respect of a main residence given away to children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren). Any unused nil-rate band transfers to the deceased’s spouse or civil partner, even where death predates the availability of the additional threshold. It applies in addition to the existing nil-rate band (NRB) or threshold (currently £325,000) if the individual and estate meet the qualifying conditions.
Note 2: The estate can pay inheritance tax at a reduced rate of 36% on some assets if you leave 10% or more of the net value to charity in your will.
Business Property Relief
Business or interest in a business and transfer if unquoted shareholdings 100% 100%