Q&A: Inheritance tax and debts

Rosie Carr

Q&A: Inheritance tax and debts

After the death of my father, my mother moved into a residential care home. The fees are paid for through her savings and rent from her former home. There is a regular shortfall, however, and there have also been rental voids. I cover all these gaps from my own pocket and so far I have spent about £15,000 on fees. In the past I have also made loans to my mother totalling £30,000 for repairs to the roof of her house and to supplement her pension income. If after her death I choose not to sell her house, which has an estimated value of around £1m and which she says has been left to me, but continue to rent it out, am I correct in thinking that I will be allowed to receive back the total of the money I have spent (currently £45,000) without having to pay tax on that sum?

P Wallace

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