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THE ESTATE TAX DEBATE OF 2017

 

America currently has one of the highest levels of estate taxes in the world
 as well as the lowest level of savings as a percent of GDP.

Social democratic states like Norway and Sweden have abolished the estate tax.

2017 will be an important year for estate tax reform.

The Republican Party now controls both Houses of Congress and the White House
and is firmly behind killing the "death tax".

However, the Republicans do not have the 60 votes needed in the Senate,
and the whole debate over "tax reform" could derail action on all tax changes.

We have put together an assortment of links that explain both sides of the argument,
as well as which groups are working to either increase or repeal the estate tax.

Check out the links below and form your own opinion on estate tax reform.

WHAT IS THE ESTATE TAX?

What is the Estate Tax in the United States? (Wikipedia)

Introduction to Estate and Gift Taxes (IRS)

Historical and Future Federal Gift Tax Exemptions and Rates


ARGUMENTS FOR  REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX

International Estate Tax Rates

Estate Tax Fails on All Fronts, Says New Joint Economic Committee Republican Study (Joint Economic Committee Republicans)

Estate Tax Even Worse than Republicans Say  (Tax Foundation)

U.S. Public Opinion Opposed to Estate Tax  (Forbes)

Economic Case Against the Death Tax (Federal Estate Tax)  Heritage Foundation


CONGRESSIONAL ESTATE TAX REPEAL BILLS 2017

Senate Bill

House Bill

133 organizations support these bills.


GROUPS WORKING TO REPEAL OR REDUCE THE ESTATE TAX

Family Business Coalition  Twitter

American Business Defense Council 

Patten And Associates

Policy and Taxation Group

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS

Relief from the Estate Tax (National Federation of Independent Business)

Family Business Estate Tax Coalition

Letter to Congress on Fiscal Cliff  PDF (2012)

Groups push to rein in estate tax (The Hill)  (2012)

Repealing the Federal Estate Tax (CATO Institute PDF)


ARGUMENTS FOR  INCREASING THE ESTATE TAX

It's Fair, and We Need the Revenue (The Wall Street Journal)

Statement of Principles on Estate Tax Legislation (OMB Watch PDF)

Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth (Google Books)

The Myths and Realities Behind the Estate Tax (Center and Budget Policy Priorities)

GROUPS WORKING TO RAISE ESTATE TAXES

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax Coalition

A Letter Calling on Congress to Increase Estate Taxes (PDF)


TAX RATES PER YEAR

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OLDER ESTATE TAX BILLS

SENATORIAL ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL ESTATE TAX

John Thune's Bill

S. 1183: Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013

Cosponsors

John Boozman's Bill

S.1402 Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013

No Cosponsors