Monday, July 23, 2007

The Taxes of Evil: The 4th Duke of Westminster

The 4th Duke of Westminister received a leg-wound at the D-day landings in 1944. He died of cancer in 1967, partly as a result of this wound.

While there was an exemption available from Inheritance Tax for those whose cause of death was active service in the armed forces, the Inland Revenue tried to argue the Duke was not eligible, as he had not died immediately from the wound / active service. Instead, they tried to charge Inheritance Tax on the estate he left behind on his death. The Revenue lost their case (Barty-King v Ministry of Defence).

See, the Revenue doesn't discriminate. They are willing to screw everyone over.