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Minimise the financial consequences of inheritance tax for your family

01st June, 2023

At Davy, we work with you to identify and help you to achieve your financial goals. An important objective of protecting your wealth is to minimise the financial consequences of inheritance tax (IHT) for your children   

How much is inheritance tax in Ireland?

A child can receive €335,000 from their parents in their lifetime. Gifts or inheritances in excess of this are subject to tax at 33%. Therefore, putting a tax-efficient estate plan in place is as important as writing a clear and concise Will.

What is a Section 72 policy?

Section 72 policies are a specific type of life policy, which represent a significant tax planning opportunity to assist in protecting wealth. Contracts are set up on a ‘whole-of-life' basis. Depending on the structure of your Will, most Section 72 policies are set up on a ‘joint life, second death’ basis.

Upon the death of the second life assured, the value of the sum assured is paid out and used to pay the inheritance tax due on the passing of assets from deceased parents to children. The policies are currently exempt from inheritance tax to the extent they are used to pay inheritance tax liabilities.

Section 72 premiums can vary, but once the premium is agreed, it is fixed for the life of the policy.  
If you know that there will be a defined amount of cash available from the Section 72 policy to meet any inheritance tax bill arising, then tax can become less of a determining factor when considering how to distribute your estate.

How can a Section 72 policy be useful?

Inheritance tax may be payable within a very limited timeframe, depending on the date of probate. Section 72 policies can be particularly useful in situations where assets are illiquid, (e.g. property, or businesses). 
Your beneficiaries may struggle to raise enough cash to pay their inheritance tax (also known as Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT)) bill in time. A Section 72 policy can potentially provide the necessary tax-free cash to meet the CAT bill when it is due, without having a fire-sale of assets.

Pricing example

Both aged Annual Premium Breakeven
55 €15,400 65 years
65 €27,740 36 years
70 €39,460 25 years

This example is for €1m of cover, and is for illustrative purposes only. Pricing is indicative only and is not guaranteed. Breakeven indicates the number of years the individuals would have to pay the premium for before they would have the same amount in premiums that the sum assured will pay out. Source: Clearchoice, March 2023.

The table highlights how sensitive pricing is to age – with every birthday, premiums can be expected to increase. However, once the contract comes into force the annual premium is fixed at that price for the life of the policy. 

Important considerations:

You need to be prepared to undergo once-off medical underwriting with a doctor. Depending on the outcome of the medical, a loading may be applied or cover may be denied.
You must also be prepared to pay annual premiums for the rest of your lives, otherwise the policy will lapse without value. It is important to consider affordability of the premium in the context of your overall financial plan and assess the impact of paying the premium on the value of your estate.

Section 72 represents a potentially valuable tax planning opportunity and should be considered as an integral part of your estate plan.

To find out more about how we can help you put in place a tax-efficient estate plan, contact your existing Adviser if you are an existing client. If you’re new to Davy, why not request a call?. 

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