Pension Practitioner
The SSAS Experts
08
SEP
2016

Probate fees set to rocket with new tiered charges – how will this affect IHT?

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The government is planning huge rises in the probate fees charged when an individual dies and leaves property to their relatives in a bid to raise an additional £250m a year.

The flat £215 fee will be replaced with a new system of tiered charges that would result in some paying as much as £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m.

For estates worth between £500,000 and £1m the new fee will be £4,000, rising to £8,000 for those worth between £1m and £1.6m, and £12,000 for those valued at between £1.6m and £2m.

Given the sharp rise in the value of property in many parts of the UK in recent years, many families could find themselves hit by the higher charges after a loved one passes away.

Obtaining a grant of probate is the process by which someone is given the authority to deal with the property, money and possessions of a person after they die.

The Ministry of Justice said the measures would also mean that estates worth less than £50,000 – 57% of the total – would pay no fees, while a further 27% would incur a “modest” increase of £85 to £300.

Proposed new probate fees before inheritance tax:

  • £300 for estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000
  • £1,000 for estates worth more than £300,000 and up to £500,000
  • £4,000 for estates worth more than £500,000 and up to £1m
  • £8,000 for estates worth more than £1m and up to £1.6m
  • £12,000 for estates worth more than £1.6m and up to £2m
  • £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m

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To find out more about how these new fees could affect you or your loved ones, contact us today for impartial guidance:   Call 0161 246 6326 or email davidn@pensionpractitioner.com

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