Bereavement and tax

Updated on 11 August 2020

This looks at tax-related duties you may have to perform as an executor or personal representative, as well as the various tax and benefits consequences that can arise on death. This includes the knock-on effects of the death on you or other dependents. 

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Unfortunately, neither death nor taxes can be avoided forever. If you are lucky, your tax affairs will often fall into a regular and understandable pattern for long periods throughout your life. But then a life event happens which throws your tax world into confusion or means you have to make decisions, often without adequate information. 

Death is one of those life events – it not only has to be dealt with in tax terms for the person who has died, but the effects of that death can significantly change the lives of others. 

What information and help can I find in this section? 

We provide information to assist you if you find that you have to act as an executor or personal representative. We also aim to help you understand the tax position for someone who has died and their survivors. 

In particular: 

You may also want to read our short Tax at Bereavement factsheet.

For information on the scope of our guidance, please see About us.

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