Figures released by HMRC today show that the Treasury raked in £5.3 billion in inheritance tax receipts in the months from April to December 2022. This is £700 million more than in the same period a year earlier, continuing the upward trend.
The government’s inheritance tax take seems to be increasing thanks largely to years of house price increases, especially in London and the south-east, pushing families that wouldn’t probably consider themselves wealthy, over the threshold. In the Autumn Statement in November it was also announced that the inheritance tax threshold of £325,000 will be frozen until April 2028.
The revenue generated from inheritance tax plays an important part in the government’s spending programme. While the average bill was £216,000 in 2019/20, research conducted by Wealth Club shows the average inheritance tax bills could reach £304,567 by 2025-26 and £345,084 by 2027-28.
Alex Davies, CEO and Founder of Wealth Club said: “Contrary to popular belief, inheritance tax doesn’t just affect the super-rich, many who would not consider themselves wealthy at all will also bear a considerable burden. Rampant inflation and years of frozen allowances and soaring house prices mean many more families will find themselves hit with a hefty inheritance tax bill which they might not have envisaged or planned for.
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