The Office of Tax Simplification needs help to untangle a mess 200 years in the making
When the Chancellor of the Exchequer says that inheritance tax is ‘particularly complex’, you know that this is a polite admission that it has been responsible for addling the brains of clients and their professional advisers for decades. Previous attempts to ‘simplify’ it have resulted in yet further reams of convoluted, migraine-inducing text, and even the Treasury cannot bear to continue inflicting further misery on those who try to comply with it, writes Arabella Murphy
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