Could the deficit and rising inheritances accelerate IHT change?

With the largest ever peacetime deficit on our hands, thanks to the pandemic, and an aged Inheritance Tax regime firmly on the government’s radar, could this combination lead to unwelcome tax rises on transfers of wealth? Viewed by some economists as a way to generate revenue without inhibiting the economy, whilst also improving social mobility, the Institute for Fiscal Studies have been exploring two ‘i’s’ – inheritance and inequality.

Heightening inequality

Their spring 2021 paper, entitled ‘Inheritance and inequality over the life cycle: what will they mean for younger generations?’, pinpoints trends likely to influence policymakers’ thinking, with one key finding highlighting that inheritances have formed a rising proportion of national income for the past fifty years. Inheritances for those born in the 1960s will on average equal 9% of their other lifetime income, compared with 16% for those born in the 1980s. A continuation of this trend will see a widening of the gap between rich and poor families.

With social levelling-up prominent on a cash-strapped government’s agenda, IHT changes could prove costly for the wealthy. Taking expert advice and preparing for all scenarios is wise.

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