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Exempt beneciaries taking the residue of the
In most circumstances, the IHT on the estate value is 40 per cent on the
excess over the nil rate band, as shown above. However, sometimes, a per-
son’s will requires that an exempt beneciary such as a charity or a spouse
will acquire the ‘residue’ (remainder) of the estate, after any legacies to
non-exempt beneciaries. If this is the case, it is not such a simple matter
of deducting the exemption, nil rate band and then taxing the excess at 40
per cent; a special calculation is required, as in the example below.
Exempt beneciary calculation
Suzie died on 15 August 2009 leaving an estate worth £700,000. She had made no
lifetime gifts. The terms of her will were as follows:
A legacy free of tax of £200,000 would go to her daughter Polly.
A legacy free of tax of £200,000 would go to her son Keith.
The remainder of her estate would go to her husband.
Suzie’s estate calculation would look like this:
The chargeable estate is £200,000 1 £200,000 400,000
Since the remainder is covered by the spouse exemption
Less 2009–10 nil band (325,000)
Chargeable to tax 75,000
Tax at (the special calculation) 2/3 5 £50,000
This special calculation then ensures the correct amount of tax is charged, as can
In this way, tax is assessed on not only the non-exempt legacies but also on the tax
payable on those legacies out of the estate. The amount therefore available to the
spouse, after tax, is £700,000 less tax-free legacies of £400,000, less the tax due
of £50,000 5 £250,000. This will, of course, be covered by the spouse exemption.
Gross chargeable estate 700,000
Less spouse exemption, as calculated above (250,000)
Less nil band for 2009–10 (325,000)
Chargeable estate 125,000
Tax due: £125,000 at 40% 5 £50,000
Business property reliefs
Some assets attract additional reliefs. The reliefs available are business prop-
erty relief (BPR) and agricultural property relief (APR).
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Business property relief (BPR)
The types of property that will qualify for business property relief at a rate
of either 100 per cent or 50 per cent are:
An unincorporated business or interest in a partnership (100%).
Unquoted trading company shares, including AIM-listed shares
Unquoted trading company securities (such as debentures and loan
stock) provided the donor has a controlling interest based on share
ownership immediately before the gift (100%).
Quoted trading company shares and securities provided the donor has
a controlling interest immediately before the gift (50%).
Land, buildings and items of plant and machinery which are used
for the purposes of a trade in a partnership in which the individual
is a partner or a company in which the individual has a controlling
Business property relief
Stephanie, a single woman, has owned the following assets for more than two years
before her death in February 2010:
A 45% interest, valued at £45,000, in the ordinary share capital of A Ltd, an
unquoted trading company. This asset qualies for BPR at 100%.
A 15% interest in the ordinary share capital of B plc, a quoted trading
company. The 20,000 shares were valued on the stock exchange at 40p a
share at the date of Stephanie’s death. This asset doesn’t qualify for BPR.
A 20% interest in the debentures of C Ltd, an unquoted trading company.
Although this holding is in an unquoted trading company, the asset is
‘securities’ which means that a controlling interest of at least 50% would be
required for BPR to be due. The securities were valued at £15,000 at the date
of Stephanie’s death.
A share in a partnership in which she worked one day a week as a consultant.
BPR is due on this asset, as she is a partner. It is irrelevant how much time she
works for the partnership. Relief is available at 100%.
An ofce block, valued at £1,000,000 which Stephanie rents out to the
partnership for use in the business. BPR of 50% is available to set against the
value of the ofces.
Stephanie’s estate calculation would look like this: