Death and Taxes Go Hand-in-Hand: The Payment of Death Duties

The saying usually goes “when yuh dead yuh dun” and in many cases this is true because a dead man knows nothing, and a dead person cannot do anything, but when it comes to taxes, the saying can be written “death and taxes go hand in hand”.

This saying is relevant in Jamaica because when a deceased person owns properties and other assets, the transfer of said assets to loved ones will require the payment of death duties to the Government. Some persons may say that this law is unfair and uncalled for, but in reality, it is a way for the Government to regulate how properties are being transferred.

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