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  1. 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 & Customs...

  2. 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 curb...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 are...

  5. 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 back...

  6. 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 £1m, in...

  7. 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 Father...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. 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 new...

  11. June 14, 2013

    Life’s too short to bother with IHT avoidance

    How’s this for a business proposition? You invest a minimum of £25,000 into a new and unquoted company that promises to...

  12. March 20, 2013

    IHT avoidance schemes restricted

    Tax avoidance schemes used to reduce inheritance tax (IHT) came under fire as part of the government’s anti-avoidance...

  13. March 15, 2013

    Will my non-dom wife face a big IHT bill?

    I was shocked to learn that a colleague had been hit with a 40 per cent inheritance tax (IHT) bill following the death of...

  14. February 15, 2013

    Thousands more dragged into IHT net

    Thousands more families will be dragged into the inheritance tax (IHT) net, following a government decision to freeze the...

  15. November 23, 2012

    IHT reliefs eroded by inflation

    As George Osborne, the chancellor, reviews tax options for his Autumn Statement, experts have pointed out that many...

  16. September 23, 2012

    The reluctant billionaire

    When Chuck Feeney sold Duty Free Shoppers, the multibillion-dollar business he had cofounded 36 years earlier, to Bernard...

  17. September 21, 2012

    Was I mis-sold a film partnership scheme?

    A number of years ago I invested money in a film partnership scheme. The investment was sold to me on the basis of offering...

  18. August 17, 2012

    Am I personally liable as an executor?

    I am my father’s executor. He has quite a complex estate and I understand from doing some research that I may be personally...

  19. August 3, 2012

    Should we include Spanish property in our will?

    My wife and I have just bought a house in Spain and are keen to include the property in our will. Should we make a separate...

  20. June 25, 2012

    Top tips on reducing inheritance tax

    The government has vowed to get tougher on tax avoidance after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it is investigating tax...

  21. June 22, 2012

    Can we avoid IHT on parents’ properties?

    My parents own their own home and have a second property that they rent out. They are aged 85 and 71. Can you give my family...

  22. May 4, 2012

    Can we avoid tax on a flat for our daughter?

    My wife and I are thinking of buying a flat in London for one of our daughters to live in. We will probably sell the flat...

  23. April 27, 2012

    Spain and France

    Like its famous football teams Real Madrid and Barcelona, Spain has faced a number of upsets recently. Standard & Poor’s...

  24. April 13, 2012

    How to use the tax rules to your advantage

    Wealthy individuals can still rely on simple tax planning measures to maximise their income and investment returns,...

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