Scotland is Placed Middle of the Board for Inheritance Tax Liability in the UK

Author: Laura Burns
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Following a Freedom of Information request by Direct Line, Guildford in Surrey was dubbed the Inheritance Tax capital of the UK after it was revealed that as many as 658 families from the town southwest of London were subject to the tax between 2015 and 2016. On average, each family is said to have paid £231,000 per estate a total of just under £152 million, more than anywhere else in the country.

The report also went on to break down the average IHT into regions, where Scotland came out middle of the board: 6th out of 11 UK regions. Scotland was recorded paying IHT on 1,194 estates. This was compared with the highest –Greater London with 5,294 estates paying IHT – and the lowest- Northern Ireland with only 215 IHT-paying estates.

Alongside Guildford, other areas where families pay high IHT include Southwest London, Brighton, Kingston Upon Thames, Reading and Bristol. The data also showed that families in Kensington and Hammersmith were amongst the highest billed with an average of £390,000. In contrast the lowest billed in the country were in Watford, Dundee, Inverness, Western Central London, Motherwell and Wigan where only 31 estates were liable for IHT.

In order for a household to be liable to pay Inheritance Tax, the value of their estate needs to be calculated as being worth a minimum of £325,000. Married couples and civil partnerships are only liable for IHT if their estate is worth a combined amount of £650,000.

Anyone concerned about a large IHT bill should seek professional advice.

If you need proactive legal advice about inheritance tax, trusts or any estate planning matter please contact me Laura Burns on 0141 552 3422 or by email

Laura Burns

About Laura Burns

Laura joined Mitchells Roberton in January 2018. She graduated from Strathclyde University in 2006 where she obtained a B.A. (Hons) in History. She studied for her L.L.B, also at the University of Strathclyde, and thereafter completed her Diploma in Legal Practice in 2009. In addition to this she obtained her STEP Diploma (with Distinction) in 2017. Laura is also a Notary Public and is a Tutor in Private Client for the Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. She started her Traineeship with Bird Semple in 2011 specializing in Private Client and Conveyancing. After leaving Bird Semple in 2011 she joined the Private Client department at Macdonalds Solicitors (now Morton Fraser) before moving to Harper Macleod in 2013. Laura advises clients on all aspects of Private Client issues including the preparation of Wills, estate planning, and Powers of Attorney. She has extensive experience in managing the administration of estates, including complex and contentious estates. She enjoys working closely with clients to ensure that their personal affairs are in order and assisting their families through what can be an extremely difficult and emotional period. As well as this she advises on the creation and administration of Trusts, Trust accounting and dealing with assets passing out of Trusts to beneficiaries. Outside of work Laura enjoys travelling, socializing with family and friends, baking, rugby, playing touch rugby and exercising. Email:

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