A solid majority of Norwegians is against the reintroduction of inheritance tax, poll shows

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According to a recent poll, almost seven out of ten respondents in Norway say they do not want the inheritance tax to be reintroduced.

The Conservative government removed the inheritance tax in 2014. The Socialist Left Party (SV), the Green Party (MDG), and the Red Party (Rødt) want to reintroduce it, while the Labor Party (AP) and the Center Party (SP) are against the reintroduction.

The issue could likely be discussed around the negotiating table after this autumn’s parliamentary election in Norway. The inheritance tax is set to become a contentious issue on the left after the election, the newspaper Klassekampen writes.

Notable opposition to the proposal

But among most Norwegians, the opposition to the reintroduction is significant. In a survey Sentio has conducted for the newspaper, only 16% say they want the inheritance tax reintroduced, while 15.7% do not know.

As much as 68.3% are against the reintroduction of the inheritance tax. 

Many fear that a red-green government with the SV would reintroduce the tax. Especially if the government becomes dependent on the SV – and maybe also Rødt and the MDG.

But since neither the Conservatives (H) nor the Progress Party (FRP) wants the tax back, there is a majority against the idea in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) at the moment. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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