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21 July 2015 / Michael Blake
Issue: 4510 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Inheritance Tax
The death on active service exemption
  • Injuries or illnesses suffered years before death may qualify for the exemption.
  • Impact of Barty-King v Ministry of Defence on the connection of a wound and death.
  • Relief extended to emergency service and aid workers.
  • Charges covered by the exemption. 
When George Osborne announced in the 2014 budget and autumn statements that he proposed to extend the death on active service relief to members of emergency service personnel and humanitarian aid workers he was amending one of the oldest reliefs from death duties on the statute book. 
The Stamp Act 1694 which imposed probate duty in the same year provided an exemption from the duty for “any common...

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