It read: “A World War Two Medal group of five to James Gilchrist in presentation frame: £40”.
I was confused. These few medals were awarded to my father by a grateful nation in recognition of his bravery and service for his country. Was I right in thinking that the state now wanted to levy inheritance tax on these symbols of his sacrifice? Yes, it did.
Apparently gallantry medals do not attract inheritance tax while service medals do. And yes, obviously, there have to be some rules about what is part of a taxable estate and what isn’t. But it’s not immediately obvious that the line is drawn in the right place here.
To the extent that there’s a certain suspicion that whoever actually drew this line is a complete cunt.