Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

What you will study

    1. An introduction to inheritance tax (IHT): the concept of “a transfer of value”, IHT bands, rates, exemptions and chargeability  
    2. Domicile and deemed domicile status for taxation purposes
    3. IHT reliefs for business property and agricultural property, fall-in-value relief
    4. Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and inheritance tax (IHT): exempt assets and reliefs
    5. Lifetime transfers and lifetime transfers at death
    6. Valuation of assets in the death estate and calculation of the death estate
    7. Post mortem relief, quick succession relief and other exemptions and reliefs for transfers upon death
    8. Gifts, gifts to charity and gifts with reservation of benefit (GROB)
    9. Pre-owned asset tax (POAT): charges, assets, exemptions
    10. IHT administration, payment and tax avoidance schemes
    11. Trust fundamentals: types of trusts, parties to a trust, personal and corporate uses of trusts, main trust issues
    12. Taxation of trusts: tax on trust income and trust capital gains, inheritance tax and trusts, property regime
    13. International aspects of trusts
    14. Inheritance tax planning
    15. Inheritance tax, trusts and pension schemes
    16. Trust investments
    17. Trusts administration and compliance

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Illustrative practice activities with solutions, “test your understanding” activities and tutor-marked assignments to reinforce learning
    • Certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates is intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests in subjects related to international finance and tax law. This non-credit advanced course examines the use of trusts in inheritance tax planning and for the financial protection of assets and income, including income from business and pensions. For those seeking basic information on inheritance tax rules, thresholds and allowances, we recommend our short introductory course Taxation: Inheritance Tax.

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates can be taken alongside your degree or professional qualification studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to undergraduate, postgraduate or professional students of business management, accounting and tax law and students or members of professional tax bodies, like the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) or Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). The course is suitable for tax advisers working in the UK and overseas if they advise British expats on personal financial planning and tax compliance matters.

Please note that all law and financial planning courses at LSFL, except for International Taxation, relate to the UK legal framework.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Key skills
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Transferable skills

Career relevance

    • Accounting professions
    • Law or law-related fields
    • Tax advisory
    • Business administration
    • General management
    • Sales and marketing
    • Management consultancy
    • Professional bodies
    • Professional training
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • Government offices and NGOs

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

6 months (192 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are issued a certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law.

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.

Fees and funding

Course fees for the 2024/2025 academic year: £1,320

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.

LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Next term start date: 20 September 2024

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of the module start. Module sessions will be opened every week or every two weeks to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 10 September 2024 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.


Future availability

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

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English language requirements

There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses. If English is not your native or second language, or you would like to improve specialist language skills necessary for your profession, you may complete one of the following English language courses:  

Legal English

English for Finance

Business English

A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.

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