If you are a Pennsylvania resident, your estate is subject to many death taxes including the Pennsylvania Inheritance and Estate Tax as well as the Federal Estate Tax. If you have been watching the news, you know that one of those tax systems – the federal estate tax is due to expire quite soon.
Congress has yet to act on the pending repeal of the federal estate tax. But, the pressures on our tax system are so great that most commentators feel that they must keep the tax in place. If Congress allows the tax to temporarily lapse, it appears that they might then re-enact it retroactively to the start of 2010.
In addition to being confusing to taxpayers, and raising a difficult constitutional issue, this makes rational estate tax planning almost impossible.
In any case, the question of repeal or repair of the federal estate tax (also known to its detractors as the “death tax”), will almost certainly be the next political hot potato after health care reform is resolved.
Have you made up your mind yet? We try to present many different views on this issue and we welcome your comments. We also encourage you to contact your Congressional representative and Senator to demand action on this vital issue.
Here is an article from the Heritage Foundation on 7 reasons to repeal rather than reform the federal estate tax.
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