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Estate Tax Reform: Issues and Options

By Lily L Batchelder


The upcoming one-year repeal of the federal estate tax creates an opportunity to reconsider the taxation of wealth transfers. This paper argues that federal wealth transfer taxes should be retained and potentially expanded. The estate tax contributes importantly to the progressivity of the tax system as a whole by partially offsetting the tax advantages accorded to inherited income among high-income households. It also appears to be a relatively efficient source of revenue. Nevertheless, the estate tax system could be improved by adopting a package of simplification measures or, more fundamentally, by replacing it with an inheritance tax

Topics: Economics, Estate Planning and Probate, Law and Economics, Legislation, Social Welfare, Taxation, Taxation-Federal Estate and Gift, Taxation-Federal Income, Trusts, Economics, Estates and Trusts, Law and Economics, Legislation, Social Welfare Law, Taxation, Taxation-Federal, Taxation-Federal Estate and Gift
Publisher: NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2009
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