- Is aged 71
- A widow
- Inherited fully the estate of her late husband, Stanley
- Has three children and five grandchildren
- Has assets totaling £1.5 million
- Still lives in the family home, worth £400,000
- Invested £200,000 in a Wealth Preservation Account in 2009
The Wealth Preservation Account:
- Is designed to help people reduce their potential inheritance tax (IHT) liabilities
- The investment is transferred into a discretionary trust
- In order to be effective for IHT, the trustees can only allow you to receive (if you want to) yearly payments from the trust
- The rest of the trust will be kept for your beneficiaries – who are typically your family and others that you nominate
- Once you have lived for seven years after setting up the trust, it will not be included in your estate for IHT tax purposes
Gladys’s Wealth Preservation Account is now worth £280,000.
- Her £200,000 investment is now over seven years old and no longer subject to IHT when she dies
- In addition, the investment growth is also excluded, so her total IHT saving is £112,000 (this is £280,000 at the IHT tax rate of 40%)
- She can receive payments from the trust (with the agreement of the trustees) on each anniversary date
Gladys’s potential IHT bill is £260,000.
The potential IHT bill assumes that she will have a full nil rate band, a full residence nil rate band and can also transfer those allowances from Stanley’s estate (a total of £850,000).
Even though Gladys made plans seven years ago, the value of her house and investments has kept increasing.
This means that a large part of her hard-earned wealth could go to the taxman when she passes away.
This is not something that she wants to happen, so she contacts her professional adviser for assistance.
She has £300,000 to invest and at the present time she does not need any income from her investment, but who knows what will happen in future?
Her day-to-day costs may increase and she might go into care; meaning that she might need to take money out of her investments to meet the cost involved.
Her adviser looks at what would be suitable investments for her and says, after due deliberation, that the Wealth Preservation Account is still suitable for her.
This allows her to receive yearly payments on pre-determined dates and after seven years, it will not be subject to IHT on her death.
This reduces Gladys’s potential IHT bill after seven years to £140,000.
- Saves IHT: provided that she lives for another seven years, the new trust fund will not be part of Gladys’s estate on death
- Can provide regular payments: every anniversary date, the trustees can sanction the payment of some trust funds to Gladys to help her pay for her living expenses
- Can assist the family: it is a discretionary trust, which means that her family can receive trust funds at any time
- Gives control over who benefits and when: the trustees will decide on the appropriate amounts to be paid to beneficiaries and timing; guided by a letter of wishes that Gladys has provided
For more information on the Wealth Preservation Accounts, please contact your professional adviser.