Inheritance TaxFigures quoted in the Sunday Times recently suggested that George Osbourne’s failure to address the unfair Inheritance Tax on families across the UK is continuing to have a bigger impact.

Under Labour, the system he himself branded as unfair to the aspirations of ordinary people, caught 34,000 estates at its peak in 2006-07.

Now the Chancellor has the chance to do his own thing but is set to catch 42,000 estates himself in 2016-17.

I personally think the Inheritance tax is one of the most desperately unfair taxes in the book. The problem is that many of us have a real choice during our lifetimes to do enough to be able to avoid having to pay it. As a colleague of mine says, there is no fame in being the richest person in the graveyard.

Casually allowing your beneficiaries to only benefit from 60% of what you would like to leave them is remiss. I know it is difficult because you don’t know what you will need yourself, but making some plans and knowing what you can and can’t afford to give away is a very good start. Financial planning advice and cashflow forecasting can help with that.

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