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inheritance tax

noun
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.
Also called death tax; British, death duty.
Compare estate tax.


Origin:
1835–45

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inheritance tax
 
n
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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