Published On: 4 July 2023

The inheritance tax debate has long been a source of contention, with proponents arguing for its reform and others calling for its complete abolition. Recently, the debate has gained momentum as over 50 Conservative MPs, including influential figures like Nadhim Zahawi and Jacob Rees-Mogg, have urged the government to eliminate inheritance tax before the next general election. This article delves into the opinions of these politicians, examines the existing tax thresholds, and highlights concerns about fairness raised by experts. Join the discussion and explore whether inheritance tax should be scrapped or reformed for a fairer system.

Current Inheritance Tax Thresholds: In the United Kingdom, the inheritance tax threshold stands at £325,000, or £650,000 for married couples. Estates exceeding this threshold are subject to a 40% tax on the portion exceeding the nil rate band. While many individuals are unaffected due to the value of their estates falling below the threshold, rising property prices have resulted in more individuals being caught in the inheritance tax net. 

Calls for Reform: Prominent figures like Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, argue that the current system disproportionately affects the moderately wealthy while allowing the ultra-wealthy to navigate through loopholes and pay a lower effective tax rate. Suggestions for reform include limiting exemptions and using the additional revenue to reduce the tax rate, creating a fairer system that applies to both the upper-middle class and the very wealthy.

Scrapping the Tax: On the other side of the debate, proponents of scrapping inheritance tax argue that it is morally wrong and economically damaging. They emphasise the importance of allowing families to pass on their hard-earned savings to the next generation without being burdened by hefty taxes. Conservative MPs like Priti Patel have highlighted the need for individuals to have control over the assets they have worked hard to accumulate. 

Your Opinion Matters: What do you believe is the right approach? Should inheritance tax be scrapped or reformed? Share your thoughts on the current system and join the discussion on this contentious issue.

Expert Guidance: As the debate continues, we are here to provide expert guidance on estate management and strategies to mitigate inheritance tax liability. If you have any questions or concerns regarding inheritance tax, feel free to reach out to us for personalised advice. 

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