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The Politics of Estate Tax Reform

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Publication Date: February 2010

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Edward J. McCaffery

Topic: Government (Central or federal government)

Keywords: estate tax; taxes

Coverage: United States


If it seems as if Congress has been wrangling over the estate tax for decades, that is because it has. Though majorities in both houses of Congress have supported repeal and the law has been changed frequently, the death tax just will not die. Why not? The short answer is: because politicians like seeing the tax languish on its deathbed.


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