You don’t need to wait until after you have gone to share your wealth with your loved ones. You may want to help parents with their long-term care costs, support a child with a deposit for their first home or pay the education fees for a grandchild.
While HMRC has put rules in place to prevent people from avoiding an inheritance tax bill by simply giving away all of their money on their deathbed, individuals are entitled to give away £3,000 of capital in total, each tax year, free from inheritance tax.
This annual gift allowance can be backdated by one year, so where the full £3,000 is not used, it can be carried forward to the next tax year. This means that a married couple could give away a total of £6,000 a year to their children without incurring inheritance tax (or £12,000 if the previous year’s allowances were unused).