This paper provides a summary description of the structure of inheritance tax (IHT) and the main reliefs which are available.

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Further to this paper, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) provide guidance on inheritance tax on their internet site.[1] Detailed technical guidance on the law is given in HMRC’s manual on the tax.[2]  HMRC also operate a helpline for those with questions about inheritance tax or probate.[3] 

A second Library paper looks at the historical development of the tax and recent debates as to its potential reform.[4]

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[1]    At:

[2]    HMRC Inheritance Tax Manual (IHTM)

[3]    Inheritance Tax and Probate Helpline Tel. 0300 123 1072. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm; closed on Bank Holidays.

[4]    Inheritance Tax, Commons Briefing paper CBP93, 5 July 2019

  • Commons Research Briefing SN00573
  • Author: Antony Seely
  • Topics: Communities, Tax

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