Beta This part of GOV.UK is being rebuilt – find out what beta means

HMRC internal manual

Inheritance Tax Manual

Stocks and shares: valuation: unit trusts

For unit trusts, investment trusts and open-ended investment companies (IHTM34141), SEDOL (IHTM18092) may show two prices. Take the “bid price”, which is the lower of the two prices. If there was no price published on the date of death, take the last price published before that date.

Watch out for:


Newspapers do not show dividends (IHTM18110) due on unit trusts.

  • If the amounts involved appear likely to be worthwhile, you will need to ask the taxpayer to provided a fund manager’s letter (or accept similar documentary evidence) to ascertain the value of any dividends.

the correct fund name

With unit trusts etc, listed in the Financial Times under the ‘FT Managed Funds Service‘ take care to value the right management group. Many companies will be listed more than once because they offer a large variety of investments.

  • If you are filling in form 516 (IHTM18080) for referral to Service, ensure that you write out the full name of the unit trust, for example “AXA Equity & Law Unit Trust Mangers, Pacific Basin Trust Accumulation Units”.

Top of page

additional markings (IHTM18098)

These will affect the value of the units.