The Lord Chancellor's department and Paymaster General have launched a probate and inheritance tax h...
The Lord Chancellor's department and Paymaster General have launched a probate and inheritance tax helpline today, to recognize the unnecessary stress bereaved families face when trying to get information about their financial status after the death of a loved-one.
This will give anyone dealing with probate or IHT matters a single phone line to call, instead of having to call the Capital Taxes and national Probate enquiry numbers separately.
Inland Revenue telephone operators - based in Nottingham - will be able to help callers with questions regarding probate applications, confirmation in Scotland, supply forms, as well as advise them on their completion.
They will also be able to help callers establish whether they need to pay IHT, tell them what needs to be done to calculate what is due, and answer any questions about IHT generally, says Yvette Cooper, Courts Minister for the Lord Chancellor's Department.
"Bereavement is a deeply distressing time and the last thing people need, when looking after the estate of a loved one or friend, is unnecessary stress trying to get vital information," says Cooper.
"There will be a quality, joined up service for members of the public who will benefit from advisers working from accurate and up-to-date onscreen information."
IHT lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and charged at local rates on 0845 3020 900.
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