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27 October 2015 / Suzannah Farnell
Issue: 4524 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
The introduction of the new inheritance tax nil-rate band for main residences.

When the summer Finance Bill was unveiled by the newly elected government one of the main headline-grabbers was the seeming introduction of a £1m nil-rate band for inheritance tax. Setting aside the details and complexities of the new rules (and when a measure adds an additional 10 pages to a Finance Bill it’s safe to assume that the details are indeed fairly complex) it’s worth taking a moment to ponder the political significance of any action on inheritance tax.


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