On Estate Tax Repeal and Charitable Bequests

21 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2009

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David Joulfaian

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis (OTA); Georgetown University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 19, 2009

Abstract

This note reviews trends in charitable bequests over the past two decades. It provides a time series on bequests and wealth reported by estates, a snapshot of the dispersion in the degree of generosity, as well as a brief introduction to data sampling issues. It also presents a critical review of the recent literature on the effects of the estate tax on giving. Because of differences in estimation and simulation methodologies, it is difficult to make meaningful comparisons of the various estimates.

Keywords: Estate tax, charitable bequests

JEL Classification: H24, H31

Suggested Citation

Joulfaian, David, On Estate Tax Repeal and Charitable Bequests (June 19, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1425708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1425708

David Joulfaian (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis (OTA) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20220
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Georgetown University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Washington, DC 20007
United States

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