IHT Threshold – historic rates

The IHT threshold

save-IHTThe IHT Threshold (or Inheritance Tax  ‘nil rate band’) is the amount up to which an estate will have no Inheritance Tax to pay. Information on the Transferable Nil Rate Band is HERE.   If you need help sorting out Inheritance Tax after a death, contact us.  We can also help with lifetime trusts, but they are not cheap, so you might want to buy Inheritance Tax Secrets first.

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If the estate – including any assets held in trust and gifts made within seven years of death – is more than the IHT threshold, Inheritance Tax will be due at 40 per cent on the amount over the nil rate band.

Here are the IHT thresholds in use for deaths going back to 1914.

IHT thresholds – present day back to 18 March 1986
From To IHT Threshold /nil rate band
6 April 2009 £325,000
6 April 2008 5 April 2009 £312,000
6 April 2007 5 April 2008 £300,000
6 April 2006 5 April 2007 £285,000
6 April 2005 5 April 2006 £275,000
6 April 2004 5 April 2005 £263,000
6 April 2003 5 April 2004 £255,000
6 April 2002 5 April 2003 £250,000
6 April 2001 5 April 2002 £242,000
6 April 2000 5 April 2001 £234,000
6 April 1999 5 April 2000 £231,000
6 April 1998 5 April 1999 £223,000
6 April 1997 5 April 1998 £215,000
6 April 1996 5 April 1997 £200,000
6 April 1995 5 April 1996 £154,000
10 March 1992 5 April 1995 £150,000
6 April 1991 9 March 1992 £140,000
6 April 1990 5 April 1991 £128,000
6 April 1989 5 April 1990 £118,000
15 March 1988 5 April 1989 £110,000
17 March 1987 14 March 1988 £90,000
18 March 1986 16 March 1987 £71,000
‘Capital Transfer Tax’ (IHT thresholds) – 17 March 1986 back to 13 March 1975 for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
From To IHT Threshold /nil rate band
6 April 1985 17 March 1986 £67,000
13 March 1984 5 April 1985 £64,000
15 March 1983 12 March 1984 £60,000
9 March 1982 14 March 1983 £55,000
26 March 1980 8 March 1982 £50,000
27 October 1977 25 March 1980 £25,000
13 March 1975 26 October 1977 £15,000
‘Estate Duty’ (IHT thresholds) – 12 March 1975 back to 16 August 1914 for England, Wales and Scotland
From To IHT Threshold /nil rate band
22 March 1972 12 March 1975 £15,000
31 March 1971 21 March 1972 £12,500
16 April 1969 30 March 1971 £10,000
4 April 1963 15 April 1969 £5,000
9 April 1962 3 April 1963 £4,000
30 July 1954 8 April 1962 £3,000
10 April 1946 29 July 1954 £2,000
16 August 1914 9 April 1946 £100
‘Estate Duty’ (IHT thresholds) – 12 March 1975 back to 16 August 1914 for Northern Ireland only
From To IHT Threshold /nil rate band
22 March 1972 12 March 1975 £15,000
5 May 1971 21 March 1972 £12,500
4 June 1969 4 May 1971 £10,000
22 May 1963 3 June 1969 £5,000
4 July 1962 21 May 1963 £4,000
1 November 1954 3 July 1962 £3,000
29 August 1946 31 October 1954 £2,000
16 August 1914 28 August 1946 £100

IHT Thresholds – historic.

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