If someone has passed and left you the beneficiary of an inheritance, you may be wondering what kind of taxes you will be required to pay. First and foremost, if the inheritance is substantial, you may want to seek out the assistance of a professional legal counsel. This will ensure that the often muddied waters of inheritance law is explained to you in full, and that a plan for any future dilemmas that may arise as a result of the newly delegated inheritance will be organised.
It may also be a good idea to contact a professional translator if the time demands such a service be present, which can prove to be extremely invaluable in many of these kinds of circumstances.
As a beneficiary, you are the primary receiver of a person’s assets or combined standing wealth that makes up what’s known as their estate. Usually, whenever an asset is transferred to someone else — an asset that was acquired prior to 20 September 1985 — a tax is made applicable for the gains or losses made on said asset: the capital gains tax.
As a beneficiary of an inheritance from a deceased person, you will not be required to pay any capital gains tax on the inherited estate, if you fit the necessary criteria. This law is negated if you are a foreign resident, or if the asset is passed to a tax-advantaged entity, in both cases, reinstating the capital gains tax as being once again applicable.
If the executor of the deceased person’s estate possesses assets that need to be disposed of prior to any assets being granted to the beneficiary, the capital gains tax will apply to the assets in question. This will also be true if the executor needs to acquire another asset as per a demand outlines in the will of the original estate holder. When this asset is handed down to the beneficiary, this asset will then be subjected to the laws and rules of the capital gains tax.
In the event of a beneficiary deciding to sell off a particular asset that came included in an inheritance, this asset will also be subjected to the capital gains tax rules.
These taxes may also be subjected to differing factors and variables according to the type of asset in question.
If the asset is the former place of residence of the deceased estate holder, the beneficiary may qualify for some exemptions to the capital gains tax when the dwelling is sold. These exemptions may go as far as totally negating the rules of the capital gains tax entirely, if the right criteria is met.