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Estate Tax

Estate tax is also known as the "death tax".  It is a regressive tax on the estate of a deceased person above a certain exempted amount.  Currently the exemption for the federal estate tax is two million dollars but in 2010 it will be suspended all together for one year.  It is scheduled to resurface in 2011 with an exemption of one million dollars.  Many States also impose an estate tax.

Financial assets payable or transferable upon death along with life insurance benefits, if the deceased owned the life insurance policy or if it was payable to the estate, are included in the total assets of the estate for tax purposes.  However, charitable contributions by the estate can be used to reduce the taxable amount of the estate.

The estate tax rate adjusts slightly year to year but hovers right around 50% on the taxable amount of an estate.  It is believed by sane people that this tax should be abolished.  It destroys small family businesses when the primary owner of the business dies.  For instance, a family owned business started and owned by ones father worth $5 million and earning a reasonable $400,000 yearly would create an estate tax burden of at least $1.5 million.  If the father owned other assets such as a $500,000 home, another $250,000 in estate taxes would be owed.  Few families in business for themselves are able to make a $1.5 million to $2 million dollar sudden payment without selling their father's business and, thus, putting themselves out of business.

Unfortunately, many in Congress cannot control their penchant for large spending bills and prefer to tax the heck out of Americans rather than reign in their spending appetite.


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