Home News

About Us



Business Hours

We are committed to delivering the highest level of professional competence and expertise at a cost effective price. Whether you are a company, partnership, sole trader or a sub-contractor, we are here to help you with your accounts, self assessment, etc.

352 Herringthorpe Valley Rd

Stag, Rotherham

S60 4LA

e: info@branagans.co.uk

t: 01709 327 215

Please feel free to visit or contact us during the following times:

Monday-Friday*  :

*Please contact us if you require an out of hours appointment

9AM to 5PM

© 2024 Branagans Accountancy Services Ltd | Company Number: 5965462 | VAT Number: 917 8490 87



Accountancy Services Ltd

Home About Services News Testimonials Contact

01709 327 215 | info@branagans.co.uk

June 2024 | How Can Business Relief Ease The IHT Burden

Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK has hit a record high, with £7.5 billion collected by the Treasury in 2023/24, up from £7.1 billion the previous year. This increase is largely due to rising property prices-Halifax reports the average house price in the UK is now £288,949. Additionally, the basic IHT thresholds have remained unchanged since 2009/10, causing more people to be affected by this tax.

Currently your estate will face IHT at 40% if it exceeds £325,000. There is another allowance - the Residential Nil Rate Band - which gives you an additional £175,000 which can be used to pass your home to a direct descendant, such as your child or grandchild. This means you have a maximum of £500,000 that you can have in your estate before IHT is applied if you have children. But you can also use any of your spouse's allowance that has been left unused if they died before you do.

Aside from this, there are numerous ways you can reduce your IHT liability during your lifetime, including making financial or asset-based gifts to relatives, using trusts effectively, and even surviving a gift you make by at least seven years. But one other way you can reduce your IHT liability is by using Business Relief.


Business Relief is available for business owners, and on investments in companies that qualify for it. These shares can be within private companies, or companies listed on Alternative Investment Market (AIM) - the exchange for fledgling companies. Since these companies are smaller and often less established than those on the larger stock exchanges, such as the FTSE100 or the FTSE250, there is a higher risk of losing any investment you make. It may be harder to sell the shares in a private or smaller company if you needed to.

But on the plus side, any investment in a qualifying company is outside of the IHT net after just two years, rather than the seven years required for Potentially Exempt Transfers.


You need to be holding the qualifying investment to get Business Relief when you die. But if the company has been successful and is listed on a larger exchange, such as the FTSE100, then it will no longer qualify for Business Relief. So, you need to keep a close eye on these investments if you want to be able to use them for IHT planning. You might need to invest in another company which will then need to be held for a further two years to qualify.

Another major benefit of using Business Relief is that the investment will be in your name, and if you need to have access to that money, then you can get it - if you are able to sell your shares in the company. This way you are not relinquishing control of your own assets while you are still alive.


If you own a business, then you can benefit from Business Relief on your own business if you die while you still own it. If there is a property associated with the business, there are a range of reliefs you can access. For example:

For deaths and transfers, on or after 6 April 1996, the categories of property which can qualify as relevant business property are broadly as follows with rate of relief:

Source: M&G Wealth

There are various other ways business owners' estates can benefit from Business Relief, but it is a complex area. You can find more information on Business Relief and how it works on GOV.UK. But the best way to maximise any benefit is to speak to your accountant, who can explain everything to you to ensure you don't fall foul of the rules.


If you are a business owner, or you want to know how Business Relief could help you with your IHT planning, then please get in touch with us on 01709 327 215 or via email at info@branagans.co.uk.

Our Blog