estate tax

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estate tax

n. generally a federal tax on the transfer of a dead person's assets to his heirs and beneficiaries. Although a transfer tax, it is based on the amount in the decedent's estate (including distribution from a trust at the death), and can include insurance proceeds. Currently such federal taxation applies to the amount of an estate above $600,000, or as much as double that amount if the estate is distributed to a wife. Some states have an estate tax, more commonly called an inheritance tax.

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The House tax reform plan that passed in November includes all the exemptions introduced by the Senate tax plan and also looks to abolish the Death Tax altogether in 2024.
Mr Hughes said: "This is simply a death tax which the Government are introducing to help them pay for the Courts Service.
But Death Tax is not just about the interplay of characters-it takes on the fraught nature of parent-child relationships, the very human fear of death, the yearning for immortality.
The estate is entitled to claim the state death tax credit for the additional federal estate tax due.
this summer attempted (unsuccessfully) to deep-six the death tax permanently.
Labour called on Lansley to explain why he had changed his mind after cynically exploiting the death tax for political gain during the election.
I have always believed that permanent repeal of the Death Tax represents the best policy, since it frees capital in the private market for more productive uses than fueling the federal government's spending binge; but that is not possible given the current political makeup of Congress.
Other state death tax exemptions vary, from $0 in Pennsylvania (which has an inheritance tax), to $2 million in Ohio.
Under EGTRRA, the state death tax credit is: (1) reduced by 25 percent in 2002, 50 percent in 2003, and 75 percent in 2004; (2) eliminated and replaced with a deduction from 2005 to 2009 (a deduction provides less than half the benefit of a credit); and (3) scheduled to return in 2011, as it existed in 2001 (per EGTRRA's sunset provisions).
CEO Frank Blethen, campaigned long and hard to win the death tax repeal in 2001.
estate tax purposes, it also provides a foreign death tax credit for the Canadian income tax assessed on the deemed sale at death of assets located in Canada; see Treaty Article XXIX B.
A motion for cloture on the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 (H.