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inheritance tax

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noun
  1. a tax levied on the right of an heir to receive a decedent's property, the rate being a percentage of the value of the property.
Compare estate tax.

Origin of inheritance tax

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called death tax; British, death duty.
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British Dictionary definitions for inheritance tax

inheritance tax

noun
  1. (in Britain) a tax introduced in 1986 to replace capital transfer tax, consisting of a percentage levied on that part of an inheritance exceeding a specified allowance, and scaled charges on gifts made within seven years of death
  2. (in the US) a state tax imposed on an inheritance according to its size and the relationship of the beneficiary to the deceased
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