5. Leaving gifts to charity in your will

Your will says what will happen to your money, property and possessions after you die.

Your donation will either:

  • be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated
  • reduce your Inheritance Tax rate, if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity

You can donate:

  • a fixed amount
  • an item
  • what’s left after other gifts have been given out

Writing your will

Find out how to write or update your will, including how to make sure it’s legal.

Include the charity’s full name - check with them or search the charity register in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.