I have registered to make my Probate Applications online, and have had a look at my first application today. I have an estate using the IHT205 & IHT217 forms, and there’s no tax to pay. I’m finding it very frustrating, as I am unable to submit the IHT forms online, as I’m a professional acting for an Executor.
The notes at the beginning of the application process say you can only use the system if you have already submitted the figures to HMRC. I haven’t as its a lower value estate, with no IHT to pay.
Phone calls to HMRC and HMCTS - both referred me to the other. HMRC not interested in IHT 205. HMCTS just don’t know as its to do with IHT!
Anyone else made an online application, and did you end up sending the Will, IHT forms, etc to the Probate Registry in the post? What is the point?
Hugely frustrated as I thought it would be more straightforward and make the application quicker, but I think I will revert to the (paper and post) old fashioned way.
I do feel like they are pushing us professionals out of the way in probate applications, as members of the public can submit the IHT 205 online already, and have been able to for a number of months.