Don’t forget about Business Relief for Inheritance Tax in planning a sale of your business


You should think carefully about the Inheritance Tax consequences if you are selling your business.


Whilst a business will usually benefit from 100% Business Relief for Inheritance Tax provided that you have owned it for at least two years before death, cash proceeds of a sale will be subject to Inheritance Tax.


Business Relief works by reducing the value of a business or its assets when working out how much Inheritance Tax has to be paid.


There are exceptions. You can’t claim Business Relief if the company:


  • mainly deals with securities, stocks or shares, land or buildings, or in making or holding investments

  • is a not-for-profit organisation

  • is being sold, unless the sale is to a company that will carry on the business and the estate will be paid mainly in shares of that company

  • is being wound up, unless this is part of a process to allow the business of the company to carry on


You can’t claim Business Relief on an asset if it:


  • wasn’t used mainly for business in the 2 years before it was either passed on as a gift or as part of the will

  • isn’t needed for future use in the business

  • also qualifies for Agricultural Relief


Are you thinking about selling your company? We work together with tax advisors and accountants to make sure that the sale is structured in a tax efficient way.


We can help, please call 020 3871 8442 or complete a free online enquiry.


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