Gifting and IHT — a look at everything advisers need to know

Surprising tax implications of a gift to a long-term partner

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Richard Burgess explores the various tax consequences of gifting and asks: should you always look a gift horse in the mouth?

Gifts made between spouses or civil partners either during their lifetime or under the terms of a will are made free of inheritance tax. This means that the threshold of £325,000 of assets that can pass to anyone other than a spouse, civil partner, or a charity without giving rise to a charge to inheritance tax, remains intact irrespective of the nature or value of inter-spouse gifts. However, gifts made between long-term partners do not benefit from the same exemption. This means that if the aggregate value of gifts made from one partner to another in any tax year exceeds £3,000, and th...

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