I’m not sure what to make of this article about a so-called death tax.
I’m sure the intention behind the scheme is honest and, in relation to some of the other costs involved when you die – such as inheritance tax – the fee is relatively small. But ‘fees’ imposed by the government can be seen simply as a direct tax (what, really, is the difference?) and you already have to pay probate fees to the court.
I suppose if the scheme really does help prevent unnecessary deaths and catch problems early then it is worth it. As they say: you can’t take it with you.
For a little more detail on what to do when someone dies, see our main page.