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BBC Question Time Young Man Rouses Audience On Inheritance Tax

Surprisingly simple.

15/04/2016 11:26 | Updated 15 April 2016

A young man surprised the BBC Question Time audience on Thursday with a simple reason for supporting inheritance tax.

In a humourous exchange, the youngster aired his views on a topic ordinarily the preserve of aged newspaper columnists and older politicians.

And the young man even told a fellow audience member to "shut up" when he was rudely interrupted. Watch the exchange, above.

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The young man said: 'I feel like we’ve got away from the real issue which is inheritance tax'

Drawing laughter from the audience, the young man said: "I feel like we’ve got away from the real issue which is inheritance tax."

He explained: "I was reading on the Equality Trust website that one of the biggest reasons that people are rich in the UK is because they were born rich.

"And that’s the purpose behind inheritance tax to deal with that.

"The purpose behind the tax is to deal with that trouble. Whether it’s an efficient tax is a question that needs to be answered.

Whether it’s an efficient tax is a question that needs to be answered

"If it’s not then we need to look at other ways we addressed the issue of how prosperity, wealth, is derived from who your parents are rather than what you work for."

The BBC’s flagship political show, which was broadcast from Doncaster, was debating the issue of inheritance tax.

The issue has emerged since the Prime Minister published his tax statement on Saturday and it was revealed he had received £200,000 from his mother following his father’s death.

The young man's interjection went down well with many on Twitter.

While others highlighted statistics around inheritance tax which provide perspective to the debate.

Just 3.1% of deaths were affected by inheritance tax in 2012-13 (PDF), which is applied to a person's wealth above £325,000.

Labour MP Liz McInnes tweeted figures from Private Eye which contrasted the number of people actually affected each year by inheritance tax with those affected by cuts to disability benefits.

Others highlighted the proportion of tax applied against an estate, arguing it was far from 100%.

Young viewers were switched on to the inheritance tax debate, however, with many airing their disapproval of the controversial levy.

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