Inheritance Tax Laws & Allowances

Inheritance Tax (IHT) may have to be paid on the estate of the deceased person if it is over a certain amount. The current tax-free allowance is £325,000. After that, the tax payable is 40 per cent.

There is no IHT to pay on estates left to a spouse or civil partner. If one partner dies and has not used all of their £325,000 tax-free allowance, then this can be passed on to the surviving partner, giving them a higher threshold of up to £650,000 before IHT will apply.

Some gifts may be subject to IHT, even if they are made when you are still alive. What gifts are liable for IHT will depend on the value, the purpose, and when it was given. It’s best to look into the rules on IHT to make sure that any gifts you make won’t be subject to IHT. If there is IHT to be paid, it has to be done before probate is granted, in most cases. You usually have to pay IHT within six months of the death. On assets such as a house, you can pay IHT in instalments over ten years but interest will be charged.


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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family

Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.


Funeral Choice charity donation

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