Within the United Kingdom, taxation is required to two separate governmental systems. Citizens must pay tax to the central government and the local government. The gift tax is usually considered the British inheritance tax, which is a death duty. At the moment, in the United Kingdom, there is no definite gift tax that resides. In contrast, there is something similar to it, the inheritance tax. In this case, you would need to live for a minimum of seven years after you have made a gift to a certain someone so that the tax men do not take your assets. On the flip side, if you do not exceed more than seven years after the issued gift then that particular gift is then treated as the rest of your properties, assets and taxed in that very same way. Therefore in such a case, it is a much better prospect to give out these gifts to people before hand.
There are other methods as well to decrease the liabilities. One is annual gift allowances. An annual gift allowance is a gift that is not subjugated to whichever appropriate federal gift tax because it doesn't go over the annual exclusion amount. The next method is tax free marriage gifts. These would derive from the parents, bride and groom's families and grandparents and so on forth. The married couple can have a lot of taxation if not planned out carefully and meticulously.
In case tax after the death of someone does occur than one can attempt to use another method called the deed of variation. This is an even stronger case if all assets that are left with a surviving spouse. This can immensely reduce inheritance tax. This way the spouse can also take back the assets within two years of his/her spouse's death. This way the bill is much lower and assets are gained as though they should be.
These are all very tax efficient mannerisms to conduct while overlooking these affairs now. However it would be a much smarter and efficient prospect if you wouldn't comply to the death bed gift trend. It would be better for both sides of the parties, the giving and the receiving to begin the process earlier and conduct it in a synchronized and organized fashion. Because at the end, you do not want to see tax men hounding on your deceased loved ones personal gift assets.