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    1. June 20, 2016

      Germany coalition reaches deal on inheritance tax

      The parties in Germany’s coalition government have reached an agreement on inheritance tax, resolving a dispute that...

    2. June 3, 2016

      The squeezed upper middle is no such thing

      The FT Money section last week profiled a London household trying to get by on nearly £200,000 a year. These suburban...

    1. May 6, 2016

      Tighter pension rules boost EIS inflows

      Wealthy investors hit by limits on how much they can save into their pensions have boosted funds flowing into...

    2. April 25, 2016

      Review: ‘Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe’, by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

      In pre-revolutionary France the nobility was exempt from the taille, the land tax imposed on the people. Instead, they...

    3. April 15, 2016

      Tax the living — and end this IHT madness

      Filed away in my basement I have every edition published of The Statist, a financial magazine from the 1960s and early...

    4. February 25, 2016

      ‘Astronomical’ probate fees threaten cash-poor heirs

      Rising house prices mean millions of families, mostly living in south-east England, would face higher probate fees if...

    5. January 8, 2016

      UK families facing inheritance tax set to hit 35-year peak

      The number of UK families paying inheritance tax is at a 35-year high as surging house prices push the value of family...

    6. December 11, 2015

      Tyrie trashes ‘complex’ inheritance tax

      Andrew Tyrie is probably the smartest MP outside the cabinet. Mr Tyrie is the Tory chairman of the Treasury select...

    7. December 7, 2015

      Senior Tory brands inheritance tax changes a ‘mess’

      George Osborne’s plan to let parents pass on a £1m home when they die without paying inheritance tax has been branded a...

    8. October 30, 2015

      Should we give our £1.5m buy-to-let to our teenager?

      “We have a problem that I imagine is not unique to parents with buy-to-let properties, especially in London. Eighteen...

    9. September 27, 2015

      Jeremy Corbyn calls for changes to inheritance tax

      Jeremy Corbyn has called for changes to inheritance tax to make the 40 per cent “death tax” fall harder on those with...

    10. August 28, 2015

      Can I reduce my IHT bill using equity release?

      I am a 65-year-old grandmother and mother of three. Could releasing equity from my house in the form of a mortgage help...

    11. July 19, 2015

      Osborne blow to prime London property market

      The prime London property market has been dealt another blow by George Osborne’s decision to strip thousands of foreign...

    12. July 3, 2015

      Osborne to raise inheritance tax limit for property to £1m

      George Osborne will unveil plans in the Budget to end inheritance tax on properties worth up to £1m, at last fulfilling...

    13. April 30, 2015

      The looming post-election nightmare of stealth taxes

      Alice Cooper, the US rock star famous for his gorily theatrical stage shows, sang: “I’m top prime cut of meat, I’m your...

    14. April 12, 2015

      Labour and Lib Dems attack Tories over inheritance tax change

      A Conservative proposal to remove houses worth up to £1m from inheritance tax came under fire on Sunday for...

    15. April 12, 2015

      Tories promise cut in inheritance tax

      David Cameron has promised to end inheritance tax on properties worth up to £1m as the Conservative party on Sunday...

    16. April 10, 2015

      New guidelines on Isa inheritances

      New guidelines have been published on the inheritance of Isa investments for surviving spouses. George Osborne brought...

    17. February 27, 2015

      Can I put half my house in trust for my son?

      My property is co-owned by myself and my husband. I would like to put my half in trust for my son, who has a diagnosis...

    18. January 30, 2015

      Use of trusts continues to decline

      The number of trusts has continued to fall, as reforms to the UK tax regime over recent years have undermined their...

    19. December 17, 2014

      German businesses face inheritance tax shake-up

      Germany must overhaul rules that grant sweeping inheritance tax exemptions to beneficiaries of family-owned corporate...

    20. November 27, 2014

      Two rabbits for the chancellor’s hat

      Try to imagine you’re George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer. It’s the Autumn Statement next week and you’re...

    21. November 14, 2014

      Can I save inheritance tax through Aim shares?

      My wife and I understand that certain shares traded on the Alternative Investment Market are exempt from inheritance...

    22. November 7, 2014

      When a legacy becomes too much

      When Peter Featherstone, the childless local landowner in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, dies after a lifetime spent...

    23. October 23, 2014

      Inheritances do not increase inequality, survey says

      The widely-held belief that wealth passed on through inheritance increases inequality has been called into question by...

    24. October 17, 2014

      What are the tax implications of retiring to France?

      My husband and I reach the end of our careers this year, and are attracted by the prospect of moving abroad,...

    25. October 17, 2014

      Five great inheritance tax myths

      Here we go again. David Cameron is back on the airwaves talking about inheritance tax, saying it should only be paid by...

    26. October 15, 2014

      Cameron signals inheritance tax cut

      David Cameron has hinted that he wants to deliver a cut in inheritance tax for well-off families by raising the...

    27. August 15, 2014

      Chart that tells a story . . . inheritance tax

      What does this show? Having peaked at £3.8bn in 2007-08, the amount of inheritance tax collected by HM Revenue &...

    28. August 4, 2014

      Revenue seeks to curb use of trusts to avoid inheritance tax

      Inheritance tax planning for all but the UK’s super-rich will become much harder under HM Revenue & Customs plans to...

    29. August 1, 2014

      Inheritance tax take nears pre-recession levels

      Inheritance tax receipts are approaching their pre-crisis peak, rising to £3.4bn in 2013-14 on the back of rising house...

    30. April 11, 2014

      Inheritance should be a tax on the living

      I upset rather a lot of you with last week’s column. Some of you wrote in support of my ideas on how we should tax...

    31. April 4, 2014

      Inheritance tax set to raise highest amount since 1970s

      Inheritance tax (IHT) is forecast to yield its highest revenue since the 1970s over the next five years, according to a...

    32. April 4, 2014

      Don’t raise the inheritance tax threshold, abolish it

      I think the state in most western countries takes and spends too large a share of GDP. I think taxes across the board...

    33. March 25, 2014

      Cameron’s IHT pledge is flawed

      As Britain approaches a general election next year, David Cameron and the Conservatives are doing all they can to win...

    34. March 24, 2014

      Cameron signals move to raise inheritance tax threshold

      David Cameron wants to fight the next election with a revived Tory promise to raise the inheritance tax threshold to...

    35. January 7, 2014

      Inheritance should not be an alternative to hard work

      The aspiring young law student Rastignac has his choice set out for him with brutal simplicity in Balzac’s 1835 novel...

    36. July 26, 2013

      Getting the full picture on UK inheritance tax

      I have recently been given a painting by my parents, which has been in the family for a number of generations. I have a...

    37. July 19, 2013

      How to minimise UK inheritance tax

      Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as inheritance tax (IHT). In 2007, George Osborne, the chancellor,...

    38. July 1, 2013

      Isa investment change to benefit small business

      The government is pushing ahead with measures to widen funding access for small business by giving mainstream investors...

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