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Cross-party parliamentary group calls for inheritance tax reform

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has urged the Government to reform the inheritance tax (IHT) system.

Under the proposals, the current 40 per cent tax rate would be reduced to 10 per cent, with estates with a value of £2 million or more being taxed at a rate of 20 per cent.

The group has also recommended that the seven-year rule is scrapped and replaced with a system in which all transfer of wealth is taxed at 10 per cent, whether that is in life or after death.

As a replacement for the seven-year rule, the group has proposed the introduction of a £30,000 annual allowance, with gifts and transfers over this amount incurring a 10 per cent IHT charge.

The IHT system has come under increasing scrutiny, with the chancellor Sajid Javid stating that reform was a possibility: “Sensible changes have already been made but it’s something that’s on my mind.”

The APPG has stated that the system needs reforming in order to ensure that families are not left with excessive IHT bills after the death of a loved one.

For help and advice on matters relating to IHT, Wills and estate planning, contact our expert private client team today.

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Caroline Dobson

Caroline Dobson

Associate Director – Wills, Probate & Older Client Services
I specialise in helping individuals and families to organise their property and financial affairs so that they can be dealt with effectively and efficiently if they become unable to deal with things themselves through dementia, illness or accident.

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