Today, the house passed a bill extending the federal estate tax into next year and beyond. The bill passed 220 to 200 with all support coming from the democratic side of the house. This bill keeps the tax rate at 45% and exempts 3.5 million dollars. A married couple can still protect 7 million dollars of assets and life insurance, but it will still take some careful estate planning.
This is just a quick update. The Senate will now have to take up the issue and is likely to change the bill before the end of the year. We will keep you posted.
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