What is Transferable nil rate band


Currently, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable at 0% on the first £325,000 of an estate. This is called the nil rate band. The value of the estate above this figure is usually taxed at 40%. Any gifts between spouses are exempt from IHT. The transferable nil rate band, introduced in 2007, allows any unused Inheritance Tax nil rate band from a late spouse’s estate to be transferred to the surviving spouse’s estate when they die. This can give the surviving spouse’s estate a combined nil rate band of up to £650,000.


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