A comprehensive analysis of the failings of Inheritance Tax
Dr. Bracewell-Milnes analyses the traditional criticism of death duties and adds some novel arguments based on the concept of saving in perpetuity – saving which is never drawn down, whether or not it was initially planned as perpetual. The perpetual saver is a public benefactor because he or she provides the rest of society with a permanent loan at rates chargable for loans with maturity dates. Taxing perpetual saving will reduce its supply, thus resulting in losses to the rest of society.
Inheritance tax does immense economic damage, according to Dr. Bracewell-Milnes, and should be abolished. It is ‘perverse and counterproductive for its own ostensible purposes, egalitarian or otherwise’.
2002, Research Monograph 54, ISBN 0 255 36513 6, 151pp, PB
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