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Inheritance Tax Planning Handbook

General Editors: John Bunker and Anthony Nixon
Availability: Forthcoming

The laws affecting the inheritance tax on wills, trusts and estates are complex and full of pitfalls for the unwary.

The Inheritance Tax Planning Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the planning opportunities available to mitigate the inheritance tax that estates and trusts must pay. It provides a handy reference to the exemptions, reliefs and allowances that are available, explores the variety of different trust regimes as well as the complex rules of nil rate bands and the planning issues around residence nil rate bands. Special circumstances are also explored, including agricultural and business property relief, financial planning and IHT, entrepreneurs’ relief and heritage property relief.

This book offers an accessible, cost-effective guide that can be used to steer clients through the complex inheritance tax regime affecting estates and trusts and is indispensable reading for all private client practitioners.


  1. 1. Inheritance Tax Principles; 2. Exemptions, reliefs and allowances; 3. Further Nil Rate Bands (NRBs); 4. IHT Planning anti-avoidance; 5. Forms of Trust for IHT purposes; 6. Aggregable Trusts; 7. Relevant Property Trust (RPT) Regime; 8. Compliance; 9. Probate; 10. Practical Trust Compliance and Administration; 11. Introduction to Variations: Changes within two years of date of death; 12. Planning with Lifetime Gifts; 13. Spouses/Civil Partners: Will planning with trusts; 14. Planning within two years of death; 15. Reliefs for Agricultural and Business Property (APR & BPR); 16. The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB); 17. Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) Planning; 18. Estate Planning from lawyer/tax perspective; 19. Estate Planning – planner’s perspective; 20. Business Planning with wills and cross-options; 21. Businesses and Lifetime Planning; 22. Alternative Structuring Vehicles; 23. Grossing up etc. on death; 24. Introduction to Business Asset Disposal Relief (formerly Entrepreneurs Relief); 25. Stamp Duty Land T

About the Author

John Bunker is a Solicitor, Chartered Tax Adviser and Freelance Lecturer on Inheritance Tax, wills, trusts and estate planning, who leads technical and training work in Irwin Mitchell’s Tax Trust and Estates practice. Anthony Nixon is a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser, Partner in Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth.




Private client


December 2020


The Law Society




384 Pages