‘Sale price’ is defined as:
No account is taken of incidental expenses such as stamp duty,
legal fees or estate agents’ commission, IHTA84/S190 (4). So
in a straightforward case the gross price realised is taken as the
value for IHT purposes on the death.
If there is a change in the interest in land or in the underlying land between the date of death and the date of sale an adjustment to the sale price ( IHTM33121) may be needed.
If the taxpayers give a ‘Yes’ answer to question 2 on page 3 of the form IHT 38 then you will need to ask the VOA ( IHTM23000), using form VOA 4, what was the best price that could reasonably have been obtained at the date of sale. If different from the valuation put forward by the taxpayers you will have to ask the VOA to negotiate an agreed value. You should also consider asking the VOA for this information if you have reason to believe that from the information supplied on page 2 of the form IHT 38 that the property was not sold at arms’ length. If there is any suggestion that the sale