March questions and answers

2019-09-02T11:22:09+01:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , |

Q. My wife and I own various assets – some are held in individual names and others are held jointly. We are wondering whether we should 'equalise' the value of our assets so as reduce potential liability to capital gains tax at a future date. A. As a general rule, so-called 'equalisation of estates' is often desirable for both capital gains and inheritance tax purposes. Broadly, this means that ideally each spouse/civil partner should own assets: - amounting to at least the value of the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band (currently £325,000); - which, on sale, enables full use [...]