Thursday, June 08, 2006

Estate tax survives
despite Bill Nelson's efforts

Today a key procedural vote provided a huge victory for those who oppose estate tax repeal.

The vote on a motion to proceed with consideration of estate tax repeal, which required 60 Senators to agree, failed 57-41.

Florida’s Bill Nelson was one of the renegade Democrats who voted for the motion to proceed. He is a longtime proponent of abolishing the tax.

The vote today affirms that the Senate will not pass full repeal of the estate tax. However, those seeking to make changes to the estate tax are expected to continue to work on proposals short of full repeal that could be brought up later this year. So the debate will continue ...

See previous post about the estate tax here.

Some background you should know: Eighteen families – including the owners of Wal-Mart – that stand to save $71.6 billion in taxes are financing lobbying efforts to repeal the estate tax. Public Citizen and United for a Fair Economy said the families perpetrated a fraud on ordinary Americans by saying the levy constitutes an unfair "death tax." Only about 0.25 percent of Americans who die this year will leave an estate large enough to be taxed, the groups said.

Read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer report here. (Thanks to What's Wrong with Orlando Politics for the link.)

In Florida, fewer than 2% of the people who died in 2003 were subject to the estate tax. Check out the report from Citizens for Tax Justice analysis, broken down by state, of IRS data here.

Update: Check out Social Justice's post here.


At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:15 PM, Blogger Anonymous Law Student said...

I ended up getting into a spirited arguement with someone collecting signatures to abolish the estate tax the other day. The only way to sell a bill like that to people is to obsfucate the fact that the estate tax only applies to the very wealthy. Also, nicknaming it the "death tax" also makes people more inclined to get rid of it.

"I'll be taxed for dying? Dang."

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