Government drops death tax hike
21st April 2017
The Government has dropped controversial plans to raise probate fees payable after death.
At present there is a flat fee of either £155 or £215 per application for probate, depending on whether or not it is made through a solicitor.
There is no fee charged for estates worth under £5,000.
Under new plans the fee, dubbed a death tax by critics, could have been as high as £20,000 for some high value estates.
But the BBC reports that the Government has decided there is now not enough time for the legislation to go through Parliament with a General Election on the horizon.
The increased fees would have raised around £300million a year towards running the courts and tribunal service.
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