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Irish Acquisition Tax!


When making a will it’s important to have at least a basic understanding of capital acquisitions tax (“CAT”).
CAT includes both inheritance tax and gift tax. Inheritance tax is a form of tax which applies at the rate of 25% of the value of a benefit received by a beneficiary on the death of someone. In other words, it is a tax on the property and other assets that people receive from you, when you die. Gift tax is a tax payable by the recipient on gifts received (otherwise than on the death of someone) at the rate of 25%. Both inheritance tax and gift tax are payable by the beneficiary.

When it comes to CAT, everyone is allowed to receive a certain amount without being liable to pay tax - but above this figure, they will be required to pay tax on any surplus they receive. There are also a number of other exemptions and reliefs from CAT.


  2010 (up to 7 December 2010) 2010 (on or after 8 December 2010) and 2011
Group A €414,799 €332,084
Group B €41,481 €33,208
Group C €20,740 €16,604


Example of where relief can be applied include:

Group A
This group is directed at parents.

  • The prerequisite for the inheritance is the passing of the entire inheritance to the parents and where the parents retain complete ownership of the inheritance

  • If only a proportion is passed to the parent’s, they are assessed under group B

Group B
This group is directed to beneficiaries who fall under the following blood relationships:

  • Parent (if not subject to relief in Group A)

  • Grandparent

  • Grandchild or Great Grandchild

  • Brother or Sister

  • Niece of Nephew


Group C

This group is directed towards beneficiaries who do not fall

under the categories outline in Group A or Group B.




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