Congress Starts on Estate Tax Debate

Estate Tax

The federal estate tax exemption is currently set at $5 million ($10 million for married couples), with a 35% rate.  This law is set to expire on December 31, 2012, with the exemption reverting to $1 million (and a 55% rate) on January 1, 2013.

This has made planing for those with assets of between $1 million and $5 million or so challenging, but I have been telling my clients that I believed that Congress would ultimately continue the $5 million exemption.  Congress is now beginning discussions on the future of the estate tax, and early indications are that a $5 million exemption would be acceptable to both parties.  Democrats, however, would like to see the rate increased to 45%.
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