Tax on property, money and shares that you inherit

You do not usually owe any tax on an inheritance at the time you inherit it.

Inheritance Tax

The personal representative (an executor or administrator) for the estate usually pays any Inheritance Tax due before giving you the inheritance.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will contact you if you have to pay any Inheritance Tax yourself. This may happen if:

  • the person who died¬†gave you a gift¬†in the 7 years before they died
  • your¬†inheritance is put into a trust¬†and the trust does not or cannot pay
  • the personal representative could not or did not pay before you got your inheritance

Other taxes

After you inherit you may have to pay:

  • Income Tax on any profit you earn from an inheritance (for example, dividends on shares or rental income from a property)
  • Capital Gains Tax when you sell anything you inherited

Money and shares

You do not usually have to pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax immediately if you inherit money or shares.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will contact you if you owe any Inheritance Tax.

Income Tax

You may have to pay Income Tax on:

If you have an ‚ÄėR185 (estate income)‚Äô form

The personal representative (an executor or administrator of the estate) may give you an R185 (estate income form) when you inherit.

This gives details of any Income Tax that was paid on your inheritance between the date the person died and the date the inheritance was passed on to you.

You will need this form if you complete a Self Assessment tax return or to claim a tax repayment from HMRC.

Capital Gains Tax

You’ll have to pay Capital Gains Tax if you sell shares you inherited that went up in value since the person died.

Property

You do not pay Stamp Duty, Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax immediately if you inherit a property.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will contact you if you owe any Inheritance Tax.

The rules are different in Scotland.

Selling the property

You do not pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell your home. You will pay it if you make a profit when you sell a property that is not your main home.

If inheriting a property means you own 2 properties, you must tell HMRC which property is your main home within 2 years.

If you do not tell HMRC which of your properties is your main home, HMRC will decide if a property was your main home when you sell it.

Renting out the property

You may have to pay tax on the rental income.

Properties held in trust

Usually if you inherit property held in a trust, you are the ‚Äėbeneficiary‚Äô and the trustees are the legal owners and responsible for paying¬†tax on income the trust receives.

You may still have to pay tax on any income you receive from the trust.

Bare trusts

If the trust is a ‚Äėbare trust‚Äô you are both the beneficiary and the legal owner and are¬†responsible for paying tax¬†on income the trust receives.

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