Kyl Estate Tax Amendment Would Cost Nearly as Much as Estate Tax Repeal
Publication Date: March 2008
Author(s): Aviva Aron-Dine
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Fiscal future; Tax code; Income diversity
Permanent repeal of the estate tax would reduce revenues by almost $1 trillion between 2012 and 2021, the first ten-year period in which its costs would be fully felt. With the economy slowing and deficits returning — and with far larger deficits projected for future years--there is increasing recognition that estate tax repeal is unaffordable. The estate tax “reform” proposal offered by Senator Jon Kyl, however, differs little from full repeal.