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May, 30 2017

You Say You Want Estate Tax Repeal


There’s been so much talk about estate tax repeal over the past few months, but what does that really mean? Sure, it’s an easy thing to shout about from the campaign pulpit, but when it’s time to draft a repeal bill, it becomes a bit more complicated. Should we repeal the estate tax but not the gift tax? What happens to the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax? If we leave the gift tax, what’s the tax rate? Is there an exemption amount? If we repeal the estate tax, what happens to the basis step-up provision?

Those are just a few of the questions swirling around the idea of “estate tax reform.” This piece from NFP Corp. gives a quick run-through to get a general idea of what our representatives are considering, and failing to consider, in the context of estate tax repeal.