If you are an Australian that owns UK assets, or if you have a UK domicile and move to Australia, it is important to consider the UK inheritance tax (IHT) implications.
Your domicile status (rather than your residency status) will determine if you are subject to UK IHT. The rate of IHT is currently 40% on the value of your estate which is the above the nil rate band (currently £325,000).
If you move to Australia indefinitely from the UK, authorities may consider you as having chosen an Australian domicile. Maintaining UK domicile in Australia may trigger global estate IHT. Acquiring an Australian domicile limits IHT to your UK-based estate.
In April 2017, the UK enacted significant changes to the IHT regime. Broadly speaking:
While we recommend that individuals with an IHT exposure seek professional tax advice, some strategies to help reduce the IHT exposure include:
Please contact us if you require assistance in relation to your UK IHT exposure. We can work with you to create a tailored approach from a UK an Australian perspective.
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