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Before you can determine whether to use forms IHT205 or 400, you'll need to have ascertained whether the estate is excepted or not. The estate will be excepted if it's a low value estate, valued under the Inheritance Tax threshold, currently £325,000. If the deceased has left everything (under £1 million) to a spouse or civil partner living in the UK or to a 'qualifying' charity the estate is also excepted.
If you need any help with this, IWC have a free advice line open 7 days a week until 10pm. Call us on 0800 612 6105 and we'll be able to answer any questions you have about form IHT205 and whether the estate is expected or not.
IHT400 - Inheritance Tax Account
Unlike more straightforward probate forms IHT205, IHT400 requires you to give a full account of the estate for tax purposes. You must complete this form if the estate is not expected and there is inheritance tax to pay. There are also instances where there is no inheritance tax to pay but the estate is still classed as non-expected, where you must also use this form. As it is more in-depth, the form is further broken down into schedules IHT401 to IHT423, there is an 88 page guide that accompanies it.
It is at this point that many people choose to seek help from a professional. Dealing with complex tax issues in the midst of bereavement can be overwhelming. Forms IHT205 and 400 can be completed by a qualified legal practitioner instead, to relieve you of the burden.
Will Appointing a Probate Expert be Expensive?
As the executor you have a duty to obtain the best possible price for legal fees as the bill will be deducted at the end, affecting inheritance of the other beneficiaries. If you're thinking of appointing a professional, choose one that offers a fixed fee from the outset so you know exactly how much it's going to cost. Secondly, try to find a company who does not charge a percentage based on the value of the estate. Paying 1-5% of the estate can work out very costly and it's not exactly a fair way to calculate fees.
IWC offer a complete service including; applying for probate and completing forms IHT205, 400 and PA1, dealing with all beneficiaries, banks, building societies, HMRC and conveyancing. For a low cost, fixed fee agreed in advance, you can let us take care of everything. Call us Freephone on 0800 612 6105 for your quote.