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This sounds entirely wrong to me. Spouses have not been responsible for one another's debts since the passing of the Married Woman's Property Act, 1882. You must remember that it takes a long time for Government Departments to catch up with new legislation and this particular gem is only some 130 years old!.
In the UK a husband and wife are separate persons for Income Tax (IT) purposes. She should consult a local, trusted solicitor to fight this case. Of course this costs so I would suggest in the first instance that the local Citizens' Advice Bureau be approached as they usually have family solicitors on tap to assist.
I do hope I have helped point you in the right direction.
It looks perfectly normal to me as a will with probate granted to one of the organisations to whom h was indebted. How the will was administered I know not, but the debt to the taxman would have ranked equally with his other debts unless the latter had been secured. There seems to be something fishy here.
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Thank you too for your kind bonus.
Small amendment to my last post; line 1 delete 'h,' insert 'he.'
As under limitation law there is no time limit to tax debts I see no reason why it should not work in reverse. In Scotland there is a 20 year limit.
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