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Budget2011: Inheritance tax divides the experts

Inheritance tax changes in today's budget have divided experts, with some welcoming the revisions and others arguing government is avoiding the issue of reform.

INHERITANCE TAX has divided experts after George Osborne announced a 10% relief for those who give at least 10% of their estate to charity.

The Office of Tax Simplification had recommended an in-depth review of IHT, but today’s Budget made no mention of it.

Richard Mannion, national tax director at Smith Williamson, said he is “very disappointed”, claiming the levy is “crying out for revision”, and the 10% incentive for charity donors will result in little behavioural change.

But John Whiting, head of the OTS and author of the report, dismissed the suggestion that the chancellor has swept IHT reform under the carpet.

He welcomed Osborne’s decision to review tax reliefs, and says the government could well return to the issue of inheritance tax reform in the future.

Stephen Herring, senior tax partner at BDO, said the missing IHT review was not significant, instead flagging up the 10% tax relief for charity givers.

He claimed this is a significant move, arguing it will nudge donors to give more of their estate to worthy causes, and IHT will “be on the backburner for quite some time”.

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