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The Government admitted yesterday that a controversial increase in fees for grieving families is a tax.
Probate cost increases coming in next month will hit bereaved families with bills of up to £6,000 and hand the Ministry of Justice an extra £155 million each year.
Ministers - Price - Increase - Fee - Tax
Ministers were criticised after classifying the price increase as a fee and not a tax, thereby avoiding the full Commons debate and vote needed to make it law.
But buried in a 200-page report published with the Chancellor’s Spring Statement yesterday was the news that the charges would in fact be classed as a tax.
Experts - Issue - Parliament
Legal experts said the issue should now be brought back before Parliament.
Bereaved relatives currently pay a flat £215 fee for probate, the charge for securing legal control over a deceased...
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