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Fairly similar to ArcGIS: inside buffer with attributes? but in QGIS.

It would be convenient if the buffer layer inherited the attributes of the parent. Also I am doing inside buffers (-ve distance and dissolve).

If there is no such function, please let me know a workflow for joining the data.

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As you already wrote, an "inside" buffer can be created by specifying a negative buffer distance. And without dissolve, the resulting features contain the original attributes.

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