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IHT War Exemption Is Ignored By The Treasury

Over the last few years we have seen a number of military conflicts around the world as well as a slow decline in the number of veterans from the first and second world wars. It has recently come to light that under the small print of the inheritance tax laws a service person that dies because of an illness caused during active duty shall have their estate exempted from IHT on death – even if the death of the person is literally decades after the event.

The last few months have seen a number of relatives coming forward to question the IHT situation for a group of war veterans. Despite many of these veterans dying as a consequence of medical conditions picked up during the earlier world wars, the Treasury have still stepped in to take their full IHT share – in direct contradiction to the IHT regulations.

While many of these cases are indefensible, with a number able to back up their claims with medical advice and opinion, the Treasury seem to be dragging their heels with regards to repayment of the IHT. There is a ground swell of support for the families of these war veterans and an anger that the government seem to be overlooking the military situation once again.

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