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Chancellor raises inheritance tax threshold

The inheritance tax threshhold has been raised to almost a quarter of a million pounds. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown told the House of Commons this afternoon the new ceiling will be £242,000. Brown says the move means 96 per cent of estates will now be exempt.

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UK house prices fell in February for the first time in nine months but annual house price inflation remained steady, according to figures from Nationwide. The society&#39s monthly house price index shows house prices dropped by 0.8 per cent to an average of £83,314 in February from £83,450 in January. But house prices were up […]

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