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    • economic
    • By economic 2nd Oct 17, 9:32 PM
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    commercial property free of inheritance tax?
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    commercial property free of inheritance tax? 2nd Oct 17 at 9:32 PM
    Hi

    i heard that commercial property can be exempt for inheritance tax purposes. if someone who owns a commercial property that they have let out passes away, would it be exempt from inheritance tax?

    or does the commercial property need to be used for business by the person owning it for it to be exempt from inheritance tax?

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    • By greendoor665 2nd Oct 17, 10:05 PM
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    This would really depend on the structure and nature of the person/business that owned the property. Are they a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company? Is letting out the property their only business or just part of it?

    If you're talking about a person who just owns a commercial property that they let out and don't use for business themselves then no, it would not be exempt from inheritance tax.
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    • By economic 2nd Oct 17, 10:37 PM
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    yeh a person who owns the commercial property and simply just lets it out and nothing more.
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    • By greendoor665 3rd Oct 17, 7:29 AM
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    Then no, it wouldn't be free from inheritance tax. Certain types of agricultural property and woodland can be free from inheritance tax, maybe the person you heard this from got confused?
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    • By Malthusian 3rd Oct 17, 9:17 AM
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    Business Property Relief is what your friend was thinking of, but as Greendoor says it needs to be part of a trading company.

    You could always transfer it to a SIPP in which case it would be exempt from Inheritance Tax (although potentially subject to the tax on post age 75 pension death benefits instead).
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    • By ColdIron 3rd Oct 17, 9:46 AM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 9:46 AM
    I Googled 'commercial property inheritance tax' and this was the second result

    http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/insights/avoiding-inheritance-tax-with-business-property-relief-beware-these-nightmare-scenarios/

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