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Can I claim my ex wife's inheritance tax?

19 April 2022

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Question by Reginald

I am divorced can I claim my ex wife's inheritance tax?

Answered by Daniel Barrett

Hi Reginald

Unfortunately not. As a divorcee your estate would be able to claim the £325,000 nil rate band and the £175,000 main residence nil rate band (assuming the total value of your estate is below the £2m threshold at which this begins to get tapered away). The main residence nil rate band only applies where your main residence is passed to a direct descendant such as your children or grandchildren.

Best wishes

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Daniel Barrett

Financial Planner

I’m a Financial Planner specialising in investments, pensions & retirement planning, and inheritance tax planning. I love working with clients to answer all their important financial questions.