Tax Efficient Gifts

12.02.2019

You can give away £3,000 worth of tax efficient gifts each tax year (6 April to 5 April) without them being added to the value of your estate. This is known as your ‘annual exemption’. 

You can carry any unused annual exemption forward to the next year – but only for one year.

Each tax year, you can also make the following tax efficient gifts:

  • wedding or civil ceremony gifts of up to £1,000 per person (£2,500 for a grandchild or great-grandchild, £5,000 for a child)
  • normal gifts out of your income, for example Christmas or birthday presents – you must be able to maintain your standard of living after making the gift
  • payments to help with another person’s living costs, such as an elderly relative or a child under 18
  • gifts to charities and political parties

You can use more than one of these exemptions on the same person – for example, you could give your grandchild gifts for her birthday and wedding in the same tax year.

Small gifts up to £250

You can give as many gifts of up to £250 per person as you want during the tax year as long as you have not used another exemption on the same person.

Ian Marlow

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