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Future of the estate tax

December 31, 2009

It’s anybody’s guess how Congress will deal with the Dec. 31 expiration of the estate tax, but it’s certain that lawmakers won’t please everyone.

The tax, 45 percent on estates worth more than $3.5 million ($7 million for couples), ends in 2010 only to be scheduled for a comeback in 2011 at a significantly steeper rate—60 percent on $1 million or more.

As IBJ reporter Peter Schnitzler wrote recently, a 60-percent tax would severely cripple many entrepreneurs’ plans to pass along their hard-earned work to heirs.

Most observers expected Congress to update the Bush-era elimination of estate taxes before the deadline, but lawmakers instead kicked the can ahead. Now it’s virtually impossible for people to plan.

What do you think Congress should do? And what do you think about estate taxes in general?


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