The Estate Tax: Not Dead Yet
Posted: 1 Nov 2001
Following an acrimonious debate regarding estate taxes over the past several years, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 reforms and cuts estate taxes through 2009, abolishes the tax in 2010, and then reinstates it in 2011. These changes make the taxation of transfers more complex and more uncertain, and will require policy makers to revisit estate tax issues in the near future. In this report, the authors provide an overview of issues and new research findings with regard to the estate tax, with special reference to papers found in Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation, a book that they edited with James R. Hines Jr. that was published by the Brookings Institution Press in August 2001.
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