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Will I Face a Tax Bill if I Inherit my Sister’s House?

I am 63 and living with my sister aged 73. She owns the house and I have been paying rent each week for the last 10 years. She has told me she has made a will and that on her passing, I will get the house. What are the tax implications for me if I inherit the property?

The tax arising on inheritances is Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT).  Amongst the rules with this tax is an exemption on the inheritance of a dwelling house.  The exemption applies where the following conditions are satisfied:

  • first, that the house was the only or main home of the person who died;
  • second, that the recipient of the house lived in it as their main home for the last three years before the person’s death;
  • third, that the recipient does not own or have an interest or a share in any other house (including one acquired as part of the same inheritance);
  • fourth, that the house is your main home for six years after you receive the inheritance (though this is not relevant if the recipient is over 65).

This exemption should apply to you as the house is your sister’s main home; you have lived there for more than three years; and you do not have an interest or share in any other house. 

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