Government adviser urges review of farmers’ tax-breaks – BBC News

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Tax breaks for UK farmers should be reviewed, the head of a group advising the environment secretary has said.

Economist Dieter Helm said the current system of taxpayer-funded support was extremely wasteful and the industry suffered from “subsidy addiction”.

Prof Helm said the exemption of farmland and buildings was used to avoid inheritance tax.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said his ideas were not under consideration

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