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Could Inheritance Tax be Abolished in the 2024 Budget?

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Following the recent Autumn Budget statement there has been speculation that a General election might be called as early as Spring 2024. Normally, in the run up to a General Election there are tax give aways in an attempt to re-elect the incumbent political party. One rumour that has been circulating in the press concerns the possible abolition of inheritance tax (IHT). That would certainly be very popular amongst wavering Conservative voters as it would enable them to retain more wealth within the family.

This rumour may have the effect of causing families to delay estate planning pending an announcement. Tax planning can only be based on the tax rules that exist at the time, and should not be based on speculation over future law changes. A further uncertainty concerns tax changes resulting from a possible change in the political party in government. The Labour Party have history for increasing capital taxes and strengthening the rules concerning the use of trusts in tax planning.

The now disbanded Office of Tax Simplification produced 2 reports in recent years concerning the simplification of IHT and the complicated interactions with capital gains tax (CGT). The Chancellor may decide to take some of those suggestions on board or possibly abolish IHT and extend CGT to certain transfers on death.

As always please contact us to discuss your future plans concerning the transfer of your business and family assets, probate and LPAs. We will of course keep you informed of any changes in tax legislation that may affect those plans.

If you would like more detailed, one-to-one advice on any of the issues raised in the Chancellor’s speech, please contact us.

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