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Spring Budget: Jeremy Hunt’s opportunity to end ‘the most hated tax’

4th Mar 24 3:59 pm

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget this Wednesday is a golden opportunity – one that could redefine the fiscal landscape and resonate with families across the UK.

It’s time for Chancellor Hunt to heed the call to consign the often-despised Inheritance Tax to the history books.

Inheritance Tax, often dubbed The Most Hated of All Taxes has long been a lightning rod for discontent.

Critics argue that it not only punishes success, but also represents a blatant intrusion into the personal affairs of grieving families.

Hunt now has the unique chance to address this sentiment and bring about a positive change that resonates with the public.

One of the key arguments for abolishing Inheritance Tax (IHT) revolves around the impact it has on individuals’ ability to pass on their wealth to their loved ones.

Families, already grappling with the emotional toll of losing a loved one, should not be burdened with excessive financial obligations during such trying times.

Scrapping this tax is not just about economics; it’s about compassion and recognising the fundamental right of individuals to determine the destiny of their assets.

In addition, the economic benefits of eliminating Inheritance Tax are substantial and far-reaching.

By freeing up funds previously earmarked for taxation, families will be empowered to invest in education, start businesses, and contribute to the economic vitality of the nation. This injection of capital into the private sector will serve as a catalyst for job creation and economic growth, providing tangible benefits to individuals and communities alike.

The often-heard argument that scrapping Inheritance Tax would disproportionately benefit the wealthy misses the mark.

In reality, it’s increasingly middle-class families who find themselves ensnared in the complexities of estate planning and legal manoeuvring to minimise their tax liabilities.

The number of homes facing the IHT burden has more than doubled since 2010, despite it being designed as a tax for only the super wealthy, and around 40% of homes sold in England and Wales in 2022 were worth more than the basic allowance.

Very obviously, it’s no longer just for the super wealthy, as it was originally intended. It’s increasingly impacting families across the country whose main asset is their home.

Abolishing this tax would ensure that all families, irrespective of their wealth, can pass on their legacy – which is a very human instinct – without being shackled by a burdensome and unpopular levy.

Furthermore, the move to eliminate Inheritance Tax aligns with the Chancellor’s own vision of “reigniting a culture of wealth creation and entrepreneurship.”

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the lifeblood of the British economy, often bear the brunt of this tax, leading to the breakup or sale of family businesses. By dismantling this barrier, he can energise the entrepreneurial spirit, unleashing a wave of innovation and job creation.

Critics may argue that the loss of revenue from scrapping Inheritance Tax could jeopardise public services. However, such concerns can be mitigated by the positive economic ripple effects that accompany tax reform. The increased economic activity and job creation resulting from the removal of this tax will, in the long run, contribute significantly to the overall tax revenue, offsetting any initial shortfall.

As Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivers his Budget and addresses the nation’s finances, the abolition of Inheritance Tax would not just be a policy change; it would be a symbol of responsive governance, economic empowerment, and empathy.

He has an opportunity to win hearts and minds, leaving an indelible mark on the legacy of his tenure.

The Spring Budget could well be remembered as the moment when the government listened, understood, and acted in the best interests of the people it serves. The time for change is now.

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