Inheritance tax regime discriminates against Dubliners, says Senator

People facing huge tax bills on even modest family homes, public meeting told

Senator Mary White called for an ‘urgent review’ of the inheritance tax regime. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Senator Mary White called for an ‘urgent review’ of the inheritance tax regime. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

 

Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White has claimed the current inheritance tax regime is “discriminatory” against people who inherit properties in Dublin.

Ms White chaired a public meeting on the matter at the Mount Merrion Community Centre in south Dublin last night, where Cora O’Brien of the Irish Tax Institute and tax adviser Kenneth Garvey gave an overview of the current rules.

Ms White said the number of people liable for inheritance tax in the last four years had “rocketed” by 34 per cent.

“The dramatic reduction in the thresholds has heavily penalised ordinary families in Dublin who are being hit with huge tax bills when they inherit even a modest family home,” she said.

“For example, an only child who this year inherits their parents’ home worth €350,000 would be forced to pay a hefty €41,250 inheritance tax. If they had inherited a home of the same value in 2011, they would have paid just €4,479 in tax.”

She said a situation had developed whereby individuals were being forced to sell the properties they inherited in order to meet tax bills.

“I believe we need an urgent review of this highly discriminatory inheritance tax regime,” she said.