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HEALS Act Safe and Healthy Workplace Tax Credit Guide for Employers

The July 27, 2020, Senate draft of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (“HEALS”) Act provides a tax credit for employers who incur certain expenses in response to COVID-19. Referred to as the Safe and Healthy Workplace Tax Credit (“SHWTC”), the credit is available to employers who incur qualified employee protection expenses, qualified […]

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HEALS Act Comparison to HEROES Act and Current Law

On Monday, July 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability and Schools (HEALS) Act—a $1 trillion stimulus package in response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our initial analysis of the HEALS Act, the Brownstein Tax Policy Team has compared the tax, education, labor […]

Family Business Report Presented to BNY Mellon Wealth Management Group

The 2020 Family Business Report was presented to BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s National Private Business Advisory practice group, which consists of over 100 advisors across the organization who specialize in advising private business owners and their advisors through all stages of the business cycle and help develop comprehensive solutions for the private business owner’s personal […]

Survey of Family Enterprises Reveals COVID-19 Is Still a Big Concern

A recent survey, the 2020 Family Enterprise USA Family Business Survey of family businesses (conducted between late and January and mid-April of this year), found that they’re remaining somewhat optimistic about their future despite an unprecedented first quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna Sulkin WealthManagement It’s important to keep in mind that some of […]

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When cupcakes met COVID: How one family business pivoted to sweet success

Inspiration had struck, and Melissa Johnson was going with it. “As I’ve grown older, I can’t say I’ve necessarily grown wiser. I know there is a whole lot I don’t know,” she wrote in a Facebook post one recent Friday. “The only thing I know for sure is that an act of kindness, no matter […]

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Business is ‘popping’ during the pandemic for fifth-generation popcorn company

As soon as people nationwide began staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they began watching movies. And then, they started popping popcorn. That has been a bright spot amid the pandemic for JOLLY TIME Pop Corn, a century-old family business based in Sioux City. “It’s been unbelievable,” said Garrett Smith, president of American […]

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Trump Visits Guilford, Maine to Thank Puritan Employees

June 5, 2020 – President Trump visited Guilford, Maine today, and toured the Puritan Medical Products headquarters. During his remarks, the President championed his Administration’s use of the Defense Production Act to bolster American manufacturing capabilities and create more American-made medical testing supplies in response to COVID-19. Puritan is one of the world’s two largest […]

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Mother-daughter team draws on ‘wealth of experience’ to help clients through uncertain times

With nearly three decades of financial advising behind her, Mary J. Howard knows a lot about helping others navigate uncertainty and plan for the future. Her daughter, Megan, is now learning the same alongside her as their team has been working closely with clients to help them position themselves for success during and after the […]

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Family business owners weigh in on taxes, regulation

Family Enterprise USA’s 2020 survey sheds light on factors that family business owners see as obstacles to growth. Legislators must know what is important to family business owners — what helps or hurts them when it comes to operating their businesses and creating more jobs. Laws affecting family businesses may be passed at any time. […]

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State News – Illinois

Hawaii Taxes could rise on high-end real estate on the island of Hawaii Illinois The top Republicans in the Illinois legislature are pushing for a vote that would remove from the November ballot a measure that would allow for a progressive income tax. Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker has been pushing to amend the state constitution to allow for a […]

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COVID-19 & Capital Hill

The Senate has left for their Memorial Day district work period. When the upper chamber returns on June 1, it’s likely to focus on clearing pending presidential nominations as House Democrats and Senate Republicans remain far apart on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has emphasized the need […]

Getting America Open Again

While the world is slowly starting to open up and move toward “normal,” it seems as if DC has already gotten there – politically at least. After passing four stimulus bills on a pretty bi-partisan basis – and racking up almost $3 trillion in spending – political divisions are beginning to show. What had typically […]

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The Virus Is Vaporizing Tax Revenues, Putting States in a Bind

The overwhelming news from the states is the financial impact COVID-19 is having on their bottom line…and precisely one article on why they shouldn’t be given or take a bailout from the feds! States should say ‘no thanks’ to a federal bailout “The Virus Is Vaporizing Tax Revenues, Putting States in a Bind,” “States provide […]

Congress Moved Quickly to Pass Costly Aid Package

If you’re a regular reader of these updates, this week’s will seem like Deja vu. Congress moved quickly to pass a costly aid package without regard to how it would be paid for, which the President signed immediately. The $484 billion relief package was initially supposed to be $250 billion for topping off the small […]

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How Did You Help During the Great Pandemic?

There’s one word I typically avoid and usually cringe when it’s used: unprecedented. Its inclusion is for dramatic effect, of course. And while it can technically be used to connote an event or item that is unique, atypical, or abnormal, for me, it really should be reserved to truly point out something that has never […]

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State News – Georgia Republicans

“Cities and states brace for economic ‘reckoning,’ eyeing major cuts and fearing federal coronavirus aid isn’t enough,” by WaPo’s Tony Room: Many states and cities, which were already cash-strapped, are now in dire straits, facing plunging tax revenue and spiking costs. … “The result could be massive budget cuts along with layoffs or furloughs of […]

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Campaign Trail – Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

Donald Trump President Trump on Friday renewed his calls for a broad payroll tax cut as part of a “phase four” coronavirus relief package to ease the economic pain caused by the pandemic. Joe Biden According to the latest delegate count, former VP Joe Biden is leading with 1,217 delegates to Senator Bernie Sanders’s 914. […]

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Stimulus Bills Were Focused On Government, Hospitals, And US Businesses

The ink was barely dry from signing the third and largest stimulus package in the history of our Country, and there was already talk of a fourth bill. The first three stimulus bills were mainly focused on addressing increased spending for the government, states, and hospitals to battle COVID-19, and a large portion directed to […]

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State News – Ohio & New York

States brace for massive budget gaps in coronavirus recession State governments have spent a decade stockpiling billions of dollars in reserve funds for the next economic downturn, scarred by the steep cuts they were forced to make in the midst of the last recession. Now, with the coronavirus grinding the global economy to a virtual […]

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Campaign Trail – Who Runs Against Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden built on his commanding lead for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination overwhelmingly beating Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries. With 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, Vice President Biden currently leads with 1,217, followed by Sen. Sanders who sits at 914. Joe Biden “Biden […]

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Coronavirus Trillion Dollar Emergency Relief Bill

Congress has approved a 2 trillion dollar emergency relief bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and sent it to the White House, where it is expected to be promptly signed by President Trump. The bill includes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal help for corporations, more than $350 billion for […]

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DeFazio Wants Double Spending on the IRS

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wants to double spending on the IRS, which he believes would help collections and service soar. His new legislation would give the IRS an extra $11.8 billion annually for the next decade on top of existing funding, which amounts to $11.5 billion in the current fiscal year. The Trump administration has […]

Senate Passed The House’s Coronavirus Relief Bill

In this unprecedented and unsettling time, we wanted to continue to be a resource to you on tax implications that might impact you and your business. In that regard, there has been tremendous activity accomplished at lightning speed for Congress. The Senate passed the House’s coronavirus relief bill, which expands access to free testing, provides […]

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Capital Hill Visits With Representatives Reed, Schweikert, & Walberg

One of the things that sets PATG apart from other groups is how active we are in DC. While some groups might send letters or make the occasional visit, we are constantly on Capitol Hill. You’d be hard-pressed not to find a few of us walking the halls on any given day. Take This Survey […]

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State News – Massachusetts: It’s A Minimum Tax

Illinois Illinois governor floats graduated state income tax that would replace flat tax. Massachusetts IT’S A MINIMUM TAX: Massachusetts lawmakers are seeking to update the state’s corporate tax structure to funnel more money toward transportation, as MassLive reported. Perhaps not surprisingly, the state’s business community is cool to that idea, but top Democrats say it’s […]

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Race To The White House – Joe Biden & Bernie Sanders

Joe Biden Biden put out a housing plan on Monday that would cost $640 billion over a decade, with the centerpiece being a $15,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. Campaign officials said the credit was meant to help increase wealth for minorities, and would be paid for with higher taxes on corporations and big […]

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Campaign Trail – Donald Trump

Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg released his tax plan over the weekend, and it would introduce a number of tax increases that would likely result in the candidate himself paying higher taxes. Below, we’ll go through the key parts of the new Bloomberg tax plan. The plan includes a 5 percent surtax on anyone’s income over $5 […]

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Full Death Tax Repeal Legislation

Full repeal legislation in both the House and Senate gained more support this week.   In the Senate, newly appointed Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) came on board S 215 to bring the total number of supporters to 36. On the House side, Representatives Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Ross Spano (R-FL) added their names to […]

Democratic Delegate Selection

Does it already seem like the nomination race for the Democrats has been going on forever?   While actual contests are finally underway, it may not be over anytime soon and it seems more likely we won’t know until the Democratic Convention in late July. Typically the first two contests in the primary battle have […]

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We Need Your Help – Family Businesses Survey

The 2020 Family Enterprise USA Family Businesses survey is here. To access the short, online survey, CLICK HERE. Family Enterprise USA is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to educating lawmakers and growing public support for family businesses across America. Each year, Family Enterprise USA surveys family business owners across the country to learn about their […]

State News – Idaho, Kentucky, & More

Idaho: State Rep. Jason Monks is proposing to kill off property taxes with a 5-percentage point increase in the sales tax — a move that would take the statewide rate all the way up to around 11 percent. “I call it a thought grenade; we threw it out there and wanted to see how it […]

What Is Going On At Capitol Hill

Step-up in basis has come under assault recently as part of the “war on the wealthy” and not just from the folks you think. Yes President Barack Obama and his former Vice President Joe Biden both thought the step-up should be eliminated, but did you think multi-millionaire GOP nominee (and current US Senator) Mitt Romney […]

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Estate Tax Might Get Reinstated In Virginia

As we highlighted in our last newsletter, there was significant concern that the estate tax might get reinstated in Virginia. The recent Democratic takeover of the legislature paired with them occupying the governor’s mansion led to a flurry of proposals that mimicked the national battles playing out on “wealth inequality.” To address the wealth gap […]

Campaign Trail – Iowa & New Hampshire

“Iowa Picks Corn, New Hampshire Picks Presidents” With the Iowa caucuses about to officially start the nominating process for the Democrats on Monday and the New Hampshire primary right on its heels, many will wonder what the results mean for determining the eventual nominee. For Republicans, the old adage that “Iowa picks corn, New Hampshire […]

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State News – More Revenue to Spend in 2020

States aren’t having to rely on income tax increases, with other revenue options around. States have more revenue to spend in 2020, and that’s not because they’re raising income taxes. In fact, six states—including New York, Utah and Georgia—are slashing individual income rates, corporate income rates or both this year, according to Bloomberg Tax data. […]

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The Campaign Trail – Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg is rich, aloof and imperious — is this really what Dems want for president? The curious campaign of Michael Bloomberg raises a question: Can a billionaire buy the Democratic nomination? In his late bid for the nomination that skips the first four contests, which historically launch the nominee, Bloomberg has placed a […]

PATG Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Halve Estate Tax Rate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Michael Zarrelli, [email protected] Hills, CA January 13, 2020 The Policy and Taxation Group (PATG) applauds Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX) for introducing legislation today that would reduce the estate tax rate from forty percent – the single highest tax in the US Code – to that of capital gains at twenty percent. “It’s […]

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Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act of 2020

Today Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX) introduced the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act of 2020 (HR 5652) in the House of Representatives, the identical companion bill for the Rate Reduction Act legislation pending in the Senate (S. 176)! The legislation would tie the estate tax rate to the capital gains tax rate, effectively halving the rate […]

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Budget Deficit Update & CBO

You don’t need a crystal ball or fortune teller to understand that the federal budget system is broken and setting us up for failure. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the most recent 2019 budget accord, which set the table for the December spending pacts, would boost the debt by $1.7 trillion over the […]

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The Campaign Trail – Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet Bennet has introduced his economic plan which he calls his “Real Deal” as a contrast to what he clearly sees as the pie-in-the-sky type of plans from those candidates to his left, and a way to avoid a quagmire over Medicare for All. The plan includes a more sweeping Child Tax Credit, and […]

From the President – 9-30 – Weekly Update

WEEKLY UPDATE This might sound strange, but I’ve always been fascinated by tax policy. Besides the need for general operating money, the tax code serves as a mechanism to encourage or discourage individual and corporate behavior. So it’s no surprise that two of the democratic presidential aspirants are reaching beyond taxing wealth but now promoting […]

From the President – 10-7 – Weekly Update

I want to thank all of the Family Enterprise USA and Policy and Taxation Group members that flew into Washington, DC to participate in our combined Board Meetings and Capitol Hill visits. Having family business leaders join us on Capitol Hill as we explain the need for the elimination of the death tax – as well as our [...]

Pat Soldano Speaking at IvyFON – 9/17/19

Pat Soldano will be speaking at IvyFON on September 17, 2019 in Newport Beach, CA; see link for location and agenda;   http://ivyfon.com/sep17forum/agenda.htmlTopic: Family Businesses; Voters Concerns; Legislative SolutionsPolicy and Taxation Group/ Family Enterprise USA. Family Businesses employee 62% of all workers in the US and generate 64% of GDP, yet they face challenges from Congress each day. The voter […]

From the President – 9-9 – Weekly Update

I want to thank all of the Family Enterprise USA andPolicy and Taxation Group members that flew into Washington, DC to participate in our combined Board Meetings and Capitol Hill visits.   Having family business leaders join us on Capitol Hill as we explain the need for the elimination of the death tax – as well as our [...]

From the President – 7-26 – Weekly Update

The big legislative news this week is the sweeping budget deal President Donald Trump, and congressional leaders reached to increase the debt limit through 2021, thus averting a default on U.S. payments, and lifting stiff budget caps that were set to take effect this fall.   The deal raises federal spending by a total of [...]

From the President – 7-12 – Weekly Update

It took a while, but the dueling letters" by the wealthy to either tax them more or figure out better ways to create wealth opportunities for others has just gotten another response.    While it will come as no surprise as to where the Washington Post editorial board might fall on this debate, they began [...]

From the President – 6-28 – Weekly Update

Call it the dueling letters.  On the eve of the first set of debates by the Democrat candidates for president, a group calling themselves the “Patriotic Millionaires” penned an open letter calling on the candidates to “tax them more.” While neither the group nor their call for higher taxes on the rich are new, they seem [...]

From the President – 7-18 – War on the Successful

As reported earlier in the week, Representative MikeThompson (D-CA) introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 5 2019', legislation that would extend a variety of expired or expiring tax provisions thru 2020.  These provisions have been labeled the "tax extenders," as they have routinely been renewed many times retroactively after they've expired. Our issue, [...]

From the President 6/17

It has become abundantly clear that general public sentiment about the wealthy has been degrading over the last few years. A day hardly passes without headlines about wealth inequality, income disparities, and calls from politicians to have the wealthy “pay their fair share.”    We knew we needed to understand this animus and the underlying motivations [...]
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The War on Capitalism – The Whole Story.

While I can’t say I’m pleased with what we learned, I am encouraged that there is a roadmap forward.  Capitalism isn’t dead, but it is certainly damaged thanks to decades of political attack and corporate abuse.  But there’s hope:  The word “capitalism” has fallen out of favor with a majority of the public. There are [...]
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The War on Capitalism – Part 1 of 3

Whether we call it the war on success, or the successful or the war on Capitalism what we’re seeing is a change of perception – all due to the media machine, effective political attacks and corporate abuse. What follows is a 3 part series where we will be giving you critical insights into what our […]

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Pat Soldano – Speaking at FON – Family Office Network

Pat Soldano is speaking at the FON – Family Office Network on 5/14 on; Tax Policy – What Now? Everyone who has a stake in the game, (paying taxes) should come, listen and learn from an expert on taxation, taxation legislation and specifically the estate tax.

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Review of Reviews: Afterlife of the Death Tax

Throughout the years, there have been many proposed solutions to the estate tax; from increasing it to eliminating it. In this article, Professor Samuel D. Brunson advocates for the elimination of the estate tax and proposes to replace it with an inheritance tax. He acknowledges that while the tax was meant to raise revenues for […]

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Oprah Winfrey Attacking Taxes on the Rich

Unlike most outspoken Hollywood stars, business moguls and the incredibly wealthy Oprah Winfey has a different take on taxes, especially that of the Death Tax. Interestingly enough here, is Oprah Winfrey talking about tax reform, her specific issues with how the wealthy are taxes as well as specific issues she has with the Estate Tax. […]

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2019 – Family Business USA Survey

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER – Pat Soldano   I am contacting you to request your help in reaching business-owning families and asking them to complete the 2019 Family Enterprise USA survey. To access the short, online survey, the link –> https://familyoffice.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJyu0ion4R3092l?source=ptg   I am asking you to share this survey with families that you believe may […]

Our Work is NOT Complete – The Estate Tax has NOT been repealed.

I’ll say it again, our Work is NOT Complete – The Estate Tax has NOT been repealed. What we saw and heard in President Trump’s State of the Union, in reference to the Death Tax is the core of the challenge we face in solving this problem. Members in Congress and the Senate are not […]

Congressman Jason Smith (R, MO) Introduces Estate Tax Repeal Bill HR218

Supporters, On 1/8/19 Representative Jason Smith of Missouri introduced HR 218; Death Tax Repeal Act of the 116th Congress with 37 original co-sponsors including Representative Sanford Bishop (D) (GA).  Please note that it does NOT repeal the gift tax, and it leaves in place step up in basis, which will make the repeal very costly […]

Elizabeth Warren Proposes New Wealth Tax

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, two left-leaning economists at the University of California, Berkeley, have been advising Elizabeth Warren on a proposal to levy a 2 percent wealth tax on Americans with assets above $50 million, as well as a 3 percent wealth tax on those who have more than $1 billion.  This is another shot […]

Senator Thune Introduces S215; Bill to Repeal Estate and GST Taxes

Senator John Thune introduced S.215 with 28 Cosponsors; a bill that will repeal the estate and GST tax but NOT the Gift tax and will maintain step up in basis; so, the same bill language he has introduced before. While we continue to remind legislators that the gift tax must also be repealed, they tend […]

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Cotton, Boozman, Blunt, and Ernst Introduce Estate Tax Rate Reduction

Washington, D.C.-Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas), and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) today introduced the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act. This would reduce the estate tax to 20 percent, the same as the current capital gains tax rate. “Families shouldn’t have to sell major portions of their businesses or farms after the […]

Jason Smith (R-MO) Introduces Estate Tax Repeal Bill HR218

Yesterday, Representative Jason Smith of Missouri introduced HR 218; Death Tax Repeal bill of the 116th Congress with 37 original co-sponsors including Representative Sanford Bishop (D) (GA);  We are pleased to have this bill introduced in order to repeal the death tax.  Please note that it does NOT repeal the gift tax. This leaves in […]

Update on S. 3638 from Pat Soldano

An update on S. 3638, Senator Kyl’s (R-AZ) estate tax rate reduction bill introduced on our behalf last month

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Frank Luntz: Death Tax Election Night Polling

“It’s just wrong. The death/estate tax is wrong for one simple reason: death shouldn’t be a taxable offense or action. The very idea of making people struggle to file a tax form at the time of death is immoral and unethical.”  This is the best anti-death tax argument. The best anti-death tax argument.

Senator Kyl Again Seeks to Cut the Death Tax

Seeking to “start the conversation”, Senator Kyl proposed cutting the estate tax rate in half, from 40 percent to that of capital gains. It’s a return to a favorite subject for Kyl, who tried repeatedly in his initial 18 years in the Senate to reduce the tax, derisively known as the “death tax” among its largely […]

Urgent: Support Bill S-3638

Dear Supporters and Friends, We urge you to reach out to your Senator and ask that they sign onto Bill S-3638. If you do not have the direct number, you can reach US senators by calling 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to the individual office.  We implore you to work with us to […]

Supporters Meeting Recap from 9.27.18

Below is a summary of the PATG-FEUSA Supporters and Members Meeting held on September 27, 2018.

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GOP Releases Phase 2 Retirement Details

Below is the link to a summary of details on Tax Reform 2.0 legislation issued by the Ways and Means Committee. Please note this includes making permanent the doubling of the lifetime exemption. Chairman Brady hopes to have a vote in the House at the end of September. GOP Releases Phase 2 Retirement Details “Tax […]

Senator Kyl Returns to Senate to Succeed Sen. John McCain

Excellent news as our good friend and supporter, Senator Kyl will be back in the Senate. From AZ Central Jon Kyl, once one of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate, will return to Capitol Hill to succeed the late Sen. John McCain, The Arizona Republic has learned. Gov. Doug Ducey is scheduled to […]

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Ways and Means to Consider Phase 2 Tax Bill Next Week

House tax writers will meet to consider legislation. This makes permanent, expiring individual and business tax provisions in the 2017 tax law during the week of September 10. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said he wants the legislation ready for floor action if House GOP leaders decide to bring it up […]

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Analysis of Proposed Tax Regulations for “Pass-Through” Entities

The US Department of the Treasury and the IRS have released Proposed Regulations on Internal Revenue Code Section 199A, the 20% pass-through deduction designed to provide tax relief to pass-through businesses and proprietorships. The Proposed Regulations provide greater clarity on many important issues, including the ability to aggregate multiple trades and businesses to increase the […]

Plan To Attend September Policy and Taxation Group Dinner & Meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:00pm Supporters and Members Dinner Acqua Al 2 212 7th Street SE Washington DC Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:00am-2:00pm Supporters and Members Meeting 20 F Street NW Conference Center; Washington, DC Speakers Frank Luntz Congressman Warren Davidson, (R) (OH) David Stewart, Principal, Squire Patton Boggs/ Former Staff Director, House Ways and […]

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Estate Tax Update August 2018

Chairman Brady intends to have the House address the 2018 Tax Bill 2.0 when they return from August recess; note that it will include making the estate tax life exemption doubling permanent. Click here for a brief recap of the legislation. Many meetings last week in DC to seek sponsors on rate reduction legislation with […]

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2018 Family Businesses Survey Commitments, Challenges, & Concerns

New Survey of Family Businesses Reveals Commitments, Challenges, & Concerns Ahead Family business are key drivers of economic development, but taxes and regulations hinder growth Two-thirds of participating business owners employed more than 50 employees in 2017; most (74%) expect to add up to 50 net new jobs in the next 5 years. Survey participants […]

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Nunes Introduces Bill to End Capital Gains Taxes on Inflation

Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to eliminate capital gains taxes on inflation. By ending this unfair tax, the Capital Gains Inflation Relief Act (H.R 6444) will encourage both individual and business investment that will expand the economy and create jobs. “This bill will continue the tax-cutting trend […]

SAVE THE DATE: Policy and Taxation Group Dinner & Meeting

Policy and Taxation Group Supporters Meeting When Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT Where Washington D.C. TBD Would you like updates on our estate tax activities, discuss the status of estate tax repeal, the politics of repeal, and estate tax changes? Please contact us to be included on future scheduled […]

H.R. 6228 Would Permanently Increase Estate Tax & Gift Tax Exemption

Before leaving for last week’s Fourth of July Recess, Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) introduced H.R. 6228, which would permanently increase the estate and gift tax exemption from $5 million to $10 million. As we have previously reported, House Republican tax-writers are in the process of putting together a second round […]

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My personal view, for what is might be worth, is that lowering the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 20% is too big a cut and unnecessary to serve the purpose intended. Certainly, a cut is needed, but just as certainly a reduction to 25% would provide the stimulant desired. Such a change […]

My Estate Tax Experience

June 13, 2018 My father started an aerospace component manufacturing business March 31, 1961 in Maywood, California. He started it by himself investing $7,500 dollars in the business. He hired one person. He struggled for 10 years before he finally made a profit. His gross sales that 10th year were $1m. Forty-two years later both […]

Why White Castle Supports Repealing the Death Tax

As a family owned business for 97 years now, White Castle has learned a lot about what it takes to create an enterprise that’s sustainable and capable of nourishing our team members, and the communities where we live, work and raise our families. Along the way, not only do we get to serve up the […]

Family Operating 100 Hardware Stores

A family operating 100 hardware stores in the Midwest had to sell the business to a private equity firm in the 3rd generation of the family businesses. The family had already endured 2 generations of paying the estate tax and realized they could not survive another. After the sale, the business was no longer a […]

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More Than One Bill in Tax Cut 2.0 Package

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said that tax-cut legislation he hopes to unveil in August will include a package of bills, the centerpiece of which will be a proposal to make some individual and business tax cuts permanent. “I don’t see it as one bill. I see it as a package […]

Chairman Would Like The House Vote In July 2018

Chairman Kevin Brady has indicated that he would like the House to vote in July, on making all individual tax cuts permanent, which were included in last year’s tax bill. This would include the doubling of the lifetime exemption for gift, estate and generation-skipping taxes. Additionally, PATG is working with House and Senate members to […]

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State Death Tax Chart Update July 9, 2018

Revised July 9, 2018 PATG State Death Tax Chart – July 9, 2018 This chart is maintained for the Policy and Taxation Group Website and is updated regularly.  Any comments on the chart or new developments that should be reflected on the chart may be sent to [email protected]

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Chairman Brady Hopes to Have New Tax Bill by August to Pass in September or October

Politico: MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Might there be another tax vote in Congress around the time fall rolls in? House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said on Tuesday that he hopes the GOP can have a new tax bill introduced by the time Congress leaves for its August recess that could then be passed out […]

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The Politics Of It All. Minneapolis Luncheon and Discussion

TAX POLICY: THE POLITICS OF IT ALL Last year was a historic year for tax reform with the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”. Families and their businesses were helped and hurt at the same time. Over the years, tax law has changed many times due to various factors; wars, economic expansion, recession, revenue […]

White House Plans to Release Phase 2 Tax Package by Summer’s End

I wanted to share the below that was published by Tax Notes on Friday, May 25th, 2018. The White House is working with House and Senate tax writers to draft a second phase of tax cuts, with the goal of unveiling a legislative package before the summer is out, a top White House official said. […]

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Policy And Taxation Group Visits The Hill May 2018

Photos from a recent visit to The Hill by Policy And Taxation Group to talk about the estate tax and the impact on family businesses.    

Jobs and Opportunity: Legislative Options to Address the Jobs Gap

The Honorable Adrian Smith U.S. Congressman, Third District of Nebraska Chairman, House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Smith, I write to you on behalf of the Policy and Taxation Group, which is an organization comprised of family-held businesses from throughout the country that are […]

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Family Businesses – Jobs, Economic Activity and Charity

Family Businesses in the United States Giving by Families; 2017 Individuals comprised 72% of giving; Corporation’s comprise 5% of giving (2) IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) data indicates that from 2003 to 2013 itemized contributions grew 40% for households with income of $100,000 or more, with the greatest increase of 104% in households with incomes […]

Estate Tax Repeal And Impact Discussion

Estate Tax Repeal And Impact Discussion

Policy & Taxation Group invites you to attend a reception and discussion hosted by Don and Greg Root. Last year was a historic year for tax reform with the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”. Families and their businesses were simultaneously helped and hurt. Over the years, tax law has changed many times due […]

HR 5422 Death Tax Repeal Bill Introduced

As you know, with Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) running for Governor of South Dakota, we need a new champion for our issue in the House. To that end, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has tapped Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) to continue leading the fight for repeal. With the Chairman’s blessing, Rep. […]

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Update and Extend Earlier Estimates of Proposals to Modify The Estate Tax

Update and Extend Earlier Estimates of Proposals to Modify The Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes In this memorandum we update and extend our earlier estimates of three (3) proposals to modify the existing estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax (GST). These updated estimates will take into account the recent changes to the […]

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Individual Tax Cut Extension to Get Vote This Year, Ryan Says

By Anna Edgerton; Bloomberg BNA The House will hold a vote this year to make individual tax cuts permanent, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, even though the effort is unlikely to become law during this Congress. The speaker’s comments signal the GOP is plowing ahead with a plan for a so-called phase two of […]

Get Estate Tax Relief Updates

Since it is possible that additional estate tax “relief” may be possible this year, and unlikely that we’ll see total “repeal”, PATG has drafted “Rate Reduction legislation” and are working with champions in the House and the Senate to get it introduced. Would you like updates on our activities, and discuss the status of estate […]

Estate Tax Rate Reduction Legislation

Since it is possible that additional estate tax “relief” may be possible this year, and unlikely that we’ll see total “repeal”, PATG has drafted “Rate Reduction legislation” and are working with champions in the House and the Senate to get it introduced. You can see the talking points below. It makes sense to have the […]

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Tax Cuts, Round 2 In 2018

Tax cuts, Round 2: GOP looks to punish Democrats in 2018 POLITICO Magazine By BURGESS EVERETT and RACHAEL BADE – 03/27/2018 06:08 PM EDT “It’s the tax pony, and that’s the only horse they have to ride,” says one top Democrat. Read the full story Thank you for your continued support. Pat

Chairman Brady Announces Intention To Have Another Tax Bill In 2018

Just in case you missed it; In the House Ways and Means Subcommittee Tax Policy Subcommittee Hearing last week, Chairman Brady acknowledged that Republicans are working on a second round of tax cuts to be unveiled later this year. Though the Chairman did not indicate exactly when tax-writers would attempt to move such legislation, tax-writing […]

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State Death Tax Chart Update March 18, 2018

Revised March 18, 2018 PATG State Death Tax Chart – March 18, 2018 This chart is maintained for the Policy and Taxation Group Website and is updated regularly.  Any comments on the chart or new developments that should be reflected on the chart may be sent to [email protected]

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A Letter for Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Hearing

Policy and Taxation Group submitted this letter for Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Hearing held on Wednesday 3/14. The Honorable Vern Buchanan U.S. Congressman, Sixteenth District of Florida Chairman, House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Buchanan, I write to you on behalf of […]

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Update On Activities Of PATG, FEUSA, And More

To prepare for the opportunities in the year ahead, we have already begun engaging with lawmakers and identifying our champions – including Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), who we would like to see take the issue from Rep. Krisi Noem (R-ND) when she leaves Congress at the end of the year, and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), […]

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Senate Democrats Pitch Repeal Of Tax Cuts To Fund Infrastructure (Back)

By Toby Eckert Senate Democrats unveiled on Wednesday a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would be funded by repealing numerous tax cuts Republicans pushed through Congress last year. The plan would return the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent, set the corporate tax rate at 25 percent, go back to 2017 law for the […]

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Tax Policy; The Politics Of It All

If you happen to be in the Orange County, CA area and would like to hear my presentation as described below; please let me know, we would love to have you join us. Open To Supporters Only The Presentation and Lunch will be on: Tuesday, 4/3/18 at 11:30am to 1:00pm Island Hotel Yorba Room 690 […]

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Drive to Kill Estate Tax Isn’t Dead, Despite Doubled Exemption

By Allyson Versprille and Jorge Uquillas Estate tax repeal efforts aren’t dead, but tax law changes will make it harder for proponents to make headway anytime soon. “Getting enough Democrats to vote for repeal in the near term I think is going to be a pretty heavy lift,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of […]

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Wishing You All The Very Happiest Of New Years

Wishing you all the very happiest of New Years, with the hope that the surprises that lie ahead in 2018 are only of the most positive kind. This is perhaps an appropriate, albeit bittersweet, segue way to where our Tax Bill effort ended up in 2017. Bittersweet because while we achieved a doubling of the […]

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Summary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Highlights of recently enacted Tax Reform Bill (HR1 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”) Individuals Double the estate, GST and gift tax exemption ($5.6 million to $11.2 million, indexed for inflation) for estates of decedents dying and gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. Retains seven individual income tax brackets, […]

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Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill Into Law

Earlier today President Trump signed the just-passed tax reform legislation into law. Though there had been discussion that the President would wait until January to sign the legislation, last night Congress passed a government funding bill that includes a waiver of mandatory spending cuts under “pay as you go” budget requirements – a waiver that […]

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House and Senate Pass HR 1; on to President

The U.S. House again passes sweeping rewrite of the tax code with a vote of 224-201 of voting in favor and on HR1; Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 16 Republicans voting against or not voting, and all Democrats opposing or not voting. The House voted again, after the Senate approved an identical measure early Wednesday […]

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Approval of Conference Committee Report

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Conference Committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released and approved its conference report reconciling the differences between the House and Senate tax reform proposals. Of particular relevance, the agreement doubles the estate and gift tax exemption ($5 million to $10 million, indexed for inflation) for estates of […]

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Estate Tax Is Hurdle For Minority American Business Owners

BY HARRY ALFORD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – THE HILL – 12/08/17 12:00 PM EST ( THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL) The estate tax creates an unfair situation for black-owned businesses, which have primarily started to accumulate wealth within the last 60 years. Many black-owned family businesses […]

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Conference Committee Meets on Wednesday This Week

Members Contact Info Below This will be a very important week, the Conference Committee meets Wednesday 12/13. I will be in DC, meeting with those members who we think can help get the most immediate and permanent estate tax relief for families that is possible. Please find below the list of Conference Committee members with […]

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Full List of Conference Committee Members

Both Republicans and Democrats Senate Republicans Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 202 224 5251; hatch.senate.gov Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) 202 224 2934; cornyn.senate.gov Senator John Thune (R-SD) 202 2242321; thune.senate.gov Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) 202 224 3353; portman.senate.gov Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) 202 224 6121; scott.senate.gov Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) 202 224 4254; toomey.senate.gov Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) 202 224 3424; enzi.senate.gov Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202 2246665; murkowski.senate.gov Senate Democrats Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron […]

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Supporters Update on Estate Tax; Time is of the Essence!

Earlier this morning, the Senate voted 51-49 to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) being the lone Republican to vote against the bill (along with the all 48 Democrats. Though it does not include repeal of the Death Tax, it doubles the personal exemption amount from […]

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Tax Reform Qualitative Research Findings

Frank Luntz and Luntz Global Partners November 15, 2017 Priorities are crystallizing. As the first year of President Trump’s administration nears its end, Congress has turned its attention away from the health care, regulatory, and judicial appointment battles of the summer to focus their efforts on the first major tax reform bill in over 30 […]

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Soldano Is The Invisible Leader In Killing Estate Tax

Braving Backlash, Patricia Soldano Of Anaheim Hills Is The Invisible Leader In Killing Estate Tax By DAVID WHITING | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: November 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm UPDATED: November 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm Patricia Soldano is whip-smart, a bulldog and for 22 years has been the leading champion for killing […]

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WATCH: The Estate Tax: The Politics of It All

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House Ways and Means Committee Markup of H.R. 1

Fourth and Final Report: House Ways and Means Committee Markup of H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act As we await the release of the Senate’s “conceptual draft,” we wanted to report on progress in the House. Following a four day markup, the Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act […]

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UPDATE: Senate Markup Bill

House Ways and Means Committee Votes to Phase Out the Death Tax by 2024; Senate Finance Committee Proposes to Double the Exclusion Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to pass their tax reform bill which repeals the Death Tax in 2024 (not 2023 as originally proposed). The bill also provides […]

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Revenue Analysis of Options to Reform the Federal Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes

Quantria Strategies; Final report September 2017 Revenue Analysis of Options to Reform the Federal Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes Executive Summary Our federal transfer tax system has three related components: the estate tax, a gift tax and a generation-skipping transfer tax (GST). For much of its history, wealth transfer taxes were enacted to […]

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House to Release Tax Bill Text

House Said to Release Tax Bill Text Next Week By Laura Davison The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to release a tax bill the week of Oct. 30, according to two tax lobbyists who spoke with House GOP aides. The bill is slated to be marked up by the committee the week of […]

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We’re Pleased That The President’s Tax Reform Framework Includes Repeal Of The Death Tax!

Earlier today, the White House, House Ways and Means Committee, and Senate Finance Committee released their highly-anticipated “unified framework” for tax reform, which calls for elimination of the death tax and its principal components. While the framework is lacking in significant detail and it is clear that much work remains to be done, this represents […]

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Summary of PATG Supporters Meeting

By Brandon Roman of Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm Last week, the Policy and Taxation Group held its annual Supporters Dinner and Meeting, during which we had the opportunity to hear from Members of Congress, congressional staff l, and industry experts about tax reform – particularly as relates to repeal of the death tax. To […]

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Revenue Analysis Of Options To Reform The Estate Tax

Revenue Analysis Of Options To Reform The Estate Tax, Gift tax And Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Our federal transfer tax system has three related components: The estate tax, a gift tax and a generation-skipping transfer tax. For much of its history, wealth transfer taxes were enacted to finance Wars. They were never meant to be […]

Estate Tax Will Be Impossible To Pay Off Forcing Sale

In 2005, Elizabeth Marshall Maybee inherited a 3000-acre Northern California ranch from her grandmother that had been in the family since the 1880s. However, “the Marshall Ranch, which survived the Great Depression and survived a case of eminent domain for the building of a water treatment plant, according to Maybee, faces its biggest hurdle yet. The […]

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Estate Tax Causes In-ability To Contribute Clean Water, Clean Air, And Wildlife Habitat

Tom Crowder’s grandfather had a passion for the outdoors and sustainability. This was reflected in the 6,000 acres of pines, bottomland hardwoods, and wildlife occupying his forest in south central Arkansas. However, counter-intuitively, his grandfather took such good care of his forest land that the Crowder family was penalized for it. Upon Mr. Crowder’s grandmother’s […]

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Death Tax Forced Lay Off Of Seasonal Workers

Seventh-generation cattleman Bob McKnight has faced the death tax on multiple occasions, with effects that have been exacerbated by dramatic wildfires and drought. For many farm owners, this has meant the liquidation of cattle herds or entire operations. For Mr. McKnight specifically, this combination of death tax and cost of natural disasters forced him to […]

Selling Everything To Pay Estate Tax

The Page Family began farming in the 1880s, when Jeff Page’s great-grandfather purchased 50 acres of land in Napa Valley to grow orchard fruit and raise cattle, sheep, and turkeys. As a firm believer in land investment, Mr. Page’s great-grandfather expanded to other areas in Napa Valley. While this mindset worked for the first two […]

Sacrificing Land To Pay The Death Tax

Just outside Nashville, Brandon Whitt operates Batey Farms with his wife, Katherine, and father-in-law, who owns the property. Established in 1807 from a Revolutionary War land grant for military service, this seventh-generation family business provides over 65,000 customers each year with fresh fruits, vegetables, and pork. Simultaneously, the Whitts farm 1,800 acres of row crops […]

Investments At Risk If The Tax Exemption Is Reduced

When Tom and Leslyn Jacobs first got married, buying land was simply a dream. Indeed, they were both young foresters saddled with college loans and old vehicles. However, in 1984, their dream became a reality when they received a $40,000 loan to buy 80 acres of land. Since this first purchase, they have lived frugally, […]

Shutting Down Branches, Laying Off Workers, Or Liquidating Inventory

In 1973, Karen Madonia’s father purchased Illco, a Chicago-based distributor of parts and supplies for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. Although the company now has 97 employees in 3 different states and generates $42 million in revenue, Illco was very small when acquired. Consequently, it was Mr. Madonia’s hard work, time, and investment […]

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Federal Transfer Taxation: A Study In Social Cost

The federal unified transfer tax on estates, gifts, and generation-skipping transfers may appear to be attacks born solely by the wealthiest Americans. This view, however, is as misleading as the notion that the sun rises in the East and sets in the west. The transfer tax burden everyone, not just the very healthy period in […]

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Statement of Terry Neese: Distinguished fellow, National Center Of Policy Analysis Family Policy Center.

Support for the estate tax is based on three major claims. One, inheritance is are a major source of wealth and equity. Two, the tax provide significant revenue for the federal government. Three, the individuals required to pay the tax can easily afford it. These are, however, all myths. Not only the rich, but the […]

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Policy Analysis: Grave Robbers, The Moral Case Against The Death Tax

The Federal gift and estate tax has come to be known as the death tax. There are several proposals to reform or repeal the tax pending before the current Congress, and at least some death tax changes are expected soon. Supporters of the tax continue to maintain, however, that the tax is necessary for the […]

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Let The Death Tax Rest In Peace

Despite President Obama’s best efforts, the death tax remains a lightning rod in tax policy. Even the New York Times has reported that the death tax threatens Obama’s ambitions. The death tax destroys roughly $847 billion in capital, the funds used to create economic growth and jobs. Read the full Let The Death Tax Rest […]

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Family Businesses In The US Economy

Our job today, Define family business, provide the best available statistics on family businesses, judge the quality of each satistics, and suggest prospects for future research. Read the full Family Businesses In The US Economy article.

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Our Story – California Family Farm At High Risk

Our beloved 101 “acre California farm-my small family’s one asset- has been in my family since 1942, when it was purchased by my great uncle. It has been planted In crops of many kinds, worked first by my uncle and then by my father, who earned a very modest salary as a mechanical engineer in […]

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An Analysis Of The Descent Distance Into The Defects Of The Estate Tax On Entrepreneurship

This paper is the second in a series of Tax Foundation studies examining Federal transfer taxation. The first of these studies provided a history and overview of federal transfer taxation. This paper attempts to gauge one of the economic effects of federal transfer taxation by examining the disincentive effects of the federal estate tax on […]

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A Declaration Of Independence From Death Taxation: A Bipartisan View

We begin with a simple statement of the facts about death taxation. America has had a death tax of some sort since 1916, the first year that the modern personal income tax was put in place. Before then, there were scattered periods were federal taxes were imposed on the receipt, rather than the transfer, of […]

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Death Tax Chronicle

Tea Party Threatened By Death Tax. Estate Valuation Prove Problematic For Oregon Timberland Owners. The Death Tax Chronicle is brought to you by the Family Business State Tax Coalition. Multi-Generation Ranch Fears Death Tax. Read the full Death Tax Chronicle articles.

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Survey Of The Impact Of The Federal Estate Tax on NAWBO Member Businesses

Summarized below are the results of a survey of 272 family owned and operated businesses which are members of the National Association Of Women Business Owners. The study was sponsored by The Center Of The Study Of Taxation. It evaluates the experiences of these businesses with the Federal Estate Tax and assesses their expectations about […]

Spending A Lifetime Building To Pay Estate Tax

Mr. Syman is worth multi-millions – interests include real estate holdings, shopping center/strip mall developments, restaurants, etc. He is 66 years old and has just recently started consulting with attorney’s about death tax issues. He has spent $15,000 already on attorney’s fees- with what he says is “a long way to go” to sort out […]

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United States Thrives Because Of The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Our great United States thrives because of the concept of capitalism and the promotion of an entrepreneurial spirit With those thoughts in mind, 1 strongly urge you to support permanent elimination of estate and generation-skipping taxes, now commonly referred to as the “Death Tax”. Family businesses are a v1tal part of the American fabric and […]

Death Tax End Needed For Business

The American free market typically rewards success and encourages growth, unless you happen to be a family-business owner. My family has distributed food-service products and paper and plastic disposable products in Maine for more than 1 00 years. If President Obama’ s death tax – aka federal estate tax -plan becomes law, we may not […]

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Estate Tax Must Be Repealed

My mother is 86 years old. My father died in ’94. They grew up during the depression. My mother’s father was a share cropper in Nebraska. He earned a dollar a week. Mom never learned to read or write, but she was brilliant at figuring out how things worked mechanically. As she aged she developed […]

The Estate Tax Kills Jobs

The Estate Tax kills jobs. It kills the companies that provide jobs. In the process, it kills towns and communities, particularly those in rural areas dependent upon the land and local industry. Almost all small business is privately owned and most locally owned. When the Estate Tax strikes (or is imminent), these are the businesses […]

The Additional Costs Of Estate Tax

Mr. Goebel, the owner of the bus line and a hockey rink, currently has a “buy/sell” arrangement with his brothers regarding the business. They pay about $75,000 a year in insurance just to protect themselves should there be a death. Tom’s teenage children are not involved in the business yet, but will be and that […]

Had To Sell Business Due To Estate Tax

My father owned a small business which provided health products to his long time customers. Upon his death, we had to sell the business because of the estate tax on the sole proprietorship business left us too little to continue it. Now my brother and I who used to work for the business, have to […]

Possibility Of Loss From Estate Tax

I am only 36 yr old and have been in the financial planning field for 8yrs. My clients average age is 67 and range 50-80. Seeing the average portfolio of these clients go from $500k to over $1 million plus in the 8yrs, due to stock values, particularly Exxon, Shell, etc. and company retirement, pension […]

Selling Nearly Half Of The Estate To “Pay For” The Other Half

My Mother in law recently passed away. She lived in Minden, Ne. all her life. She and her late husband worked their entire lives in Kearney County. They owned farms, feed lots, gas stations, implement dealerships, and rental properties. They have payed income taxes on these business their entire life as well as capital gains […]

Unfair Tax On The Dead And The Living

I have not had to sell assets yet but as it stands upon the death of my father, because of the value of the farm land now, my sisters and I will have to either sell some of the land or clear cut timber to pay for the estate taxes. It is just a small […]

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Land Owner Impacted In Major Way Upon The Death Of The Patriach

My family has almond land, rice land and cattle land in California. Our forefathers settled on the cattle land in the mid 1800’s. The problem I see is that land in California has increased in value so tremendously that he average land owner is going to be impacted in a major way upon the death […]

Congress Should Reduce Or Repeal Death Tax

Dear Ms. Soldano: I want Congress to do something about reducing the death tax if they won’t repeal it. It looks like the Democrats are dead-set against a repeal, but might support a compromise (even though they killed the latest attempt to come up with a bill package that had something for everybody.) What can […]

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Post-Election Survey Results, Groundbreaking Data On The Efforts Of The Death Tax

New Data On The Effects Of The Death Tax Almost twice as many family members sell their business or property early because of the death tax, and those who leave the business or property to their children to determine how to pay the 55% tax. This means that death taxes are directly preventing families from […]

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American Voter Attitudes On Estate, Gift, And Generation-Skipping Taxes

Clarity is scarce, and at a premium, in Washington today. Complicated, complex, and contentious issues abound. Healthcare, immigration, foreign relations. The list goes on. Pick one. The common denominator is always that there seem to be more questions than answers. So we offer the policymakers who will read this document a some certainty in this […]

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Family Businesses Survey Reveals Strengths, Challenges Ahead

New Survey of Family Businesses Reveals Strengths and Challenges Ahead Family business are key drivers of economic development, but taxes and regulations hinder growth A new survey finds that family businesses across America, while optimistic about growth in 2017, continue to be burdened by costs associated with government regulation, tax policy and other external factors. […]

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As Congress debates repeal of the estate tax, why not consider ending the gift tax?

With tax reform now in the spotlight of political debate, repeal of the “estate” or “death tax” has moved to the front burner of tax reform proposals currently under consideration; unfortunately, many of these proposals do not include repeal of the gift tax.  The death tax is infamous for the damage it has caused, especially […]

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PROPOSED: Trump’s 2017 Tax Reform

President Trump has proposed a comprehensive tax reform plan that includes a complete repeal of the estate tax. The details of his proposal are below:  2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs  The Biggest Individual And Business Tax Cut In American History Goals For Tax Reform Grow the economy and create millions of […]

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Bipartisan Estate Tax Repeal Bill Introduced

On Tuesday (1/24/17), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and lead co-sponsor Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) introduced legislation (H.R. 631) in the House of Representatives that would fully repeal the estate tax in the 115th Congress. In introducing her bill, Noem emphasized the tax’s harmful impact on families, with Noem recounting how her family received a notice from the IRS […]

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Treasury Unlikely to Finalize Sec. 2704 Regs Before Inauguration

On Monday (1/9/17), while speaking to the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida, Kathy Veihmeyer Hughes of the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, provided a status update of proposed regulations reducing valuation discounts for estates. While the statement remains unofficial, key points made by Hughes include:   There will not be an attempt to revise and finalize […]

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2017 State Death Tax Chart

Revised July 17, 2017 PATG State Death Tax Chart — July 17, 2017 This chart is maintained for the Policy and Taxation Group Website and is updated regularly.  Any comments on the chart or new developments that should be reflected on the chart may be sent to [email protected]

Sen. Thune announces intention to repeal the estate tax next year

South Dakota Sen. John Thune and other top Republicans recently announced their intentions to launch a new drive to repeal the estate tax next year, while pulling back on efforts to force a year-end vote aimed at blocking proposed Treasury Department regulations under Section 2704. Thune voiced confidence that there would be consensus support for […]

House leaders urge gov agencies to halt regulations

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) along with Republican committee chairmen have sent a letter to all government agencies urging them not move ahead with any new regulations in the closing months of the Obama Administration. In the letter, McCarthy warned against acting with “undue haste” by enforcing “midnight-hour regulations” in the end of the […]

The ACTEC comments on proposed regulations under Section 2704

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) has just released a detailed response on Treasury’s proposed regulations under Section 2704 regarding valuation discounts for estates. The ACTEC is a nonprofit association of over 2,700 lawyers and law professors with experience in the preparation of wills and trusts and estate planning. A summary of […]

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Thousands Ask Treasury To Kill Estate Transfer Proposal

Our voices have been heard! See below for an article on the sizable number of businesses and trade groups that have signed on to the letter against the proposed regulations under Section 2704. Thousands Ask Treasury To Kill Estate Transfer Proposal By Vidya Kauri Law360, New York (September 28, 2016, 7:22 PM EDT) — More than […]

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Lawmakers Targeting Spending Bill to Block Estate Tax Rules

BNA Snapshot * Senate opposition letter possible this week * Lawmakers upset administration is using regulatory process for estate tax changes By Allyson Versprille and Aaron E. Lorenzo Sept. 27 – Senate Republican leaders are joining efforts in the House to block IRS estate tax regulations on valuation discounts. The proposed regulations (REG-163113-02), introduced in […]

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Proposed Changes to Section 2704; FOX webinar replay access

Please click the link below to view the replay of FOX’s most recent webinar on the impact of proposed Section 2704 regulations on families in which Skip Fox, Aubrey Rothrock and I participated. Urgent FOX Webinar – Is the Clock Ticking for Valuation Discounts? – IRC Sec. 2704 To view the webinar presentation with our […]

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Hillary Clinton Proposes 65% Top Rate for Estate Tax

I would like to bring to your attention an article from the Wall Street Journal discussing Hillary Clinton’s proposals for increasing the estate tax. In all, Mrs. Clinton would increase taxes by about $1.5 trillion over the next decade, increasing federal revenue by about 4%, though that new burden would be concentrated on relatively few […]

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Letter to the Treasury; Let Your Voice Be Heard!

We have several updates from Capitol Hill this week, particularly regarding the proposed Treasury regulations. Please click this link for PATG’s talking points on the proposed regulations under Section 2704. In addition, we would like to share with you a sample letter that you can send the Department of the Treasury (and copying Capitol Hill, as listed on […]

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Trump’s Estate Tax Plan Good for Wealthy, Bad for Charities

BNA Snapshot * Estates over $50 million give most to charity * If tax repealed, wealthy might lose incentive to make charitable bequests, analysts say By Allyson Versprille   Sept. 12 – Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal the estate tax would pad the pockets of multimillionaires, but analysts and researchers agree that such an action […]

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A Stealth Death Tax Increase

  OPINION  REVIEW & OUTLOOK A Stealth Death Tax Increase Treasury again rewrites longstanding interpretations of law Sept. 5, 2016 6:46 p.m. ET In Print, September 6, 2016, p. A-14 January 20 cannot come soon enough for the owners of family businesses. Less than five months before President Obama leaves office, his Treasury Department is rushing […]

McGuire Woods LLP Alert

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations Would Impose Major Restrictions on Valuation Discount Planning Long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, released on August 2, 2016, would make sweeping and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. The primary focuses […]

Changes in Treasury Regulations, Section 2704 will harm families!

On August 2, 2016, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued much anticipated proposed regulations that would limit the use of discounts when valuing interests in family entities for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. If made final in their current form, the regulations will restrict the use of “minority,” “lack of marketability” and “lack […]

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IRS Expected to Face Pushback Against New Estate Tax Rules

BNA Tax Report The IRS may face an uphill battle as it works to finalize recent proposed regulations meant to curb certain estate and gift tax planning tactics, according to practitioners. The proposed regulations (REG-163113-02), issued Aug. 2, place limitations on the use of valuation discounts that reduce the overall value of assets in family-owned […]

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Treasury Releases Long Awaited Regs on Family/LP’s!

Yesterday, the US Treasury Department released long anticipated guidance under IRC Section 2704 designed to close tax preferences on the valuation of certain interests in family limited partnerships and limited liability companies for estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax purposes. The proposed regulations are broad and comprehensive and will restrict the use of planning techniques involving […]

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Tax Policy: Key Differentiator Between Presidential Candidates

With the Republican Convention coming to a close and the Democrat Convention opening next week, tax policy continues to be a key differentiator between the Presidential candidates. Donald Trump proposes to reduce the existing seven individual tax brackets to three, with the top rate falling to 25% from 39.6%, while the corporate tax rate would […]

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Estate Tax Draft Instructions Cover Basis Reporting, Marriage

The IRS has recently released a draft of instructions for Form 706 concerning estates of decedents who died after Dec. 31, 2015. These draft instructions include reminders on consistent basis reporting, new estate tax exemption value and treatment of same-sex couples. The draft instructions for Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, include the […]

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Trump, Clinton Estate Tax Plans Diverge on Budget Impact

According to a recent study published by the Tax Foundation, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s estate tax proposal would encourage economic growth, but also reduce tax revenue by billions of dollars. The group said that even though his plan would decrease federal revenue by $240 billion over a 10-year period, elimination of the estate […]

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Millionaires lobby to raise their own taxes

We thought this story about the launch of a potential rival lobbying organization featured in Politico would be of interest to you. The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of wealthy Americans who argue they should pay higher taxes, registered to lobby for the first time. Gene Haigh, the group’s SVP of government affairs, is focusing on Sen. […]

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Impact of 2016 Elections on GRATs and Estate Tax

The results of the 2016 presidential and congressional races could hold significant sway over the future use of grantor-retained annuity trusts (GRATs) while simultaneously impacting estate and gift taxes. If presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the general election, PATG anticipates that many of her policies will be in line with the current budget proposals […]

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Final Rules on Family Limited Partnership Valuation – Estate Tax

During an address to the American Bar Association Taxation Section over the weekend, Melissa C. Liquerman, Branch Chief within the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, acknowledged that long awaited regulatory guidance under Section 2704 addressing family-owned business and family limited partnerships could be released within the next six to eight weeks. Liquerman said “highly anticipated” […]

The Estate Tax Turns 100

The Estate Tax Turns 100 years old this year! It is time to kill it once and for all! Please help us to do that by referring families to us that can help our efforts and support our work. Forward this email on to any family that you think would be interested in becoming a Supporter of […]

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Rep. Sander Levin introduces bill to increase the estate tax

Rep. Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, recently released a new bill that brings back the estate tax parameters from early in the Obama administration – a $3.5 million exemption, and a 45 percent top rate. That’s moving in the other direction from Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers, who […]

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Update on Release of Valuation Discount Regulations

PATG continues to monitor the anticipated year-end release of Treasury regulations under Section 2704 that could place limits on the availability of valuation discounts.  As you are aware, PATG worked closely with our Congressional champions over the last year to communicate opposition to any aggressive and unilateral regulatory actions that would substantially increase the estate […]

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$1.15 Trillion Spending Deal Passes with Provisions to Gift Tax

Early this morning, Congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached to pass a $1.15 trillion deal on spending and tax legislation that would avoid a government shutdown and fund the federal government in fiscal 2016. Policy and Taxation Group would like to highlight that this legislation contains a series of tax extenders which includes a […]

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Rep. Kevin Brady named chairman of Ways and Means Committee

Policy and Taxation Group is excited to announce that Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) has just officially been announced as the next chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Brady is a true champion of the estate tax repeal effort and the author of this year’s estate tax repeal bill, which passed in the House […]

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Family Enterprise USA 2015 Annual Survey

Family Enterprise USA releases an annual survey in order to gather updated data on the state of family businesses throughout the country. You can access the 2015 survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TM9W9W8.   If you are a family business owner, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. We also encourage you to pass this survey […]

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Each American Dream Hispanic Survey

Each American Dream recently received back the results from our national survey of Hispanic voters and would like to share some early key insights with you! An interesting finding from our study was the large disconnect between the values and political affiliation among Hispanic voters. While 50% of our poll’s respondents self-identified as Democrats, only […]

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Each American Dream Op-Ed featured in The Hill

We would like to share with you Each American Dream’s latest op-ed, authored by our Chairman Pat Soldano and published last week in The Hill. Pat discusses the need for Congressional action on comprehensive tax reform and the negative impact of Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sander’s (I-VT) call to raise estate tax rates. An excerpt of our op-ed along […]

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Each American Dream Hispanic Research Project

Policy and Taxation Group’s sister organization Each American Dream (EAD) is in the midst of an exciting research project among Hispanic voters, studying how Latinos view wealth, taxes and the economy, and the American Dream.  We kicked off this research in April by partnering with Leslie Sanchez of Impacto Group and conducting two focus groups […]

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British Proposal to Reduce Estate Tax a Reminder of International Competition

Over the weekend, it came to light that the British Conservatives will soon announce plans to reduce the scope of the United Kingdom’s estate tax by dramatically expanding exemptions allowed for a person’s main residence. This proposed relief is a positive sign, but also serves as a reminder that America’s very high estate taxes pose […]

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Sen. Sanders introduces “Responsible Estate Tax Act” to raise the estate tax to 65%

On June 25, U.S. Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) presented legislation calling for an across the board hike on federal estate tax rates with the introduction of the “Responsible Estate Tax Act”. Sen. Sanders’ bill is accompanied by a companion bill in the House of Representatives that is being sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky […]

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Obama’s Double Death Tax

This was originally posted as an op-ed in Roll Call. By Tyler Deaton For the first time in a decade, Congress has decided to seriously examine the burden the death tax — also known as the estate tax — places on grieving families and their small businesses and employees. Last month, the House Ways and […]

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President Proposes Over $400 Billion in New Estate Taxes

This week, President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, outlining his spending and tax agenda for the coming year. As with previous proposed budgets, the outline relies heavily on more than $1.5 trillion in new taxes, mostly on high income and high net worth Americans to fund deficit reduction, new and expanded […]

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Treasury Response re: Estate Tax

As we previously reported, PATG has been tracking speculation from inside and outside Washington that the IRS may issue proposed regulations aimed at curbing the availability of valuation discounts for interests in closely-held entities. As you know, such a change could substantially increase the estate tax burden of many family enterprises. We recently received confirmation […]

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Exciting Changes at Policy and Taxation Group

I wanted to take this opportunity to notify you of some changes at Policy and Taxation Group (PATG), and formally welcome Tyler Deaton to the team. Tyler will replace Jeff Cook-McCormac as Senior Advisor to the organization. For some time, I have been planning my retirement from GenSpring at the end of 2014. This year, […]

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State of the Union Recap

Last night, the President gave his sixth State of the Union address where he outlined his policy agenda for the coming year (video, transcript). The tone of the speech was decidedly optimistic, with broad language urging Congress to work with him to get things done. Unfortunately, many of the policies the President set forth have […]

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Views: Cut waste, fraud and abuse

Source: The Hill By Jeff Cook-McCormac If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2014 midterm elections, it is that Americans are frustrated with the status quo. Voters did not cast their ballots in favor of one political party or the other. Instead, they went to the polls on November 4 to tell […]

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News: New York Times – The Midterms Were Not a Republican Revolution

Source: The New York Times By Frank Luntz On election night 1994, as Republicans recaptured the House for the first time in 40 years, I stood in the audience and watched my client Newt Gingrich, who would soon become speaker of the House, declare the beginning of the “Republican revolution.” I knew immediately that the […]

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Thune Sends Letter to IRS Defending Family Businesses

Over the past several months, PATG has been tracking speculation from inside and outside Washington that the IRS may issue proposed regulations aimed at curbing the availability of valuation discounts for interests in closely-held entities. As you know, such a change could substantially increase the estate tax burden of many family enterprises.  Most recently, the IRS […]

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Editorial: Death tax imposes cost on family business stability

Seattle Times NEWS that the last family farm in Issaquah is being sold for residential development is a reminder of one of the subtle ills of our tax system: a death tax that forces many farm families and business owners either to liquidate their assets, or go through enormous and costly gyrations to avoid it. […]

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Frank Luntz Presentation on Women Voters

By Frank Luntz June 18, 2014 To see the full presentation, click here.

News: FOX News reports on EAD Poll

Frank Luntz – an Each American Dream survey found that 78% of Americans now say that working hard and doing the right thing isn’t enough to get ahead. Responders point to politicians, corruption, and debt as sources. See the video …

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Frank Luntz Presentation on Income Inequality & Taxes

By Frank Luntz January 28, 2014 To see the full presentation, click here.

Views: Sen. Jim DeMint on Income Inequality

Economic inequality has become the left’s great hope for recovering its political integrity after the Obamacare disaster. President Obama, trying to change the subject, has latched onto the issue and is sure to make many more speeches about it in the New Year. New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, promises to make that great […]

News: New York Times – Colorado Voters Reject $1 Billion Tax Hike

DENVER – They had $10 million in contributions, a barrage of advertising and support from the usually warring factions of the educational establishment. But Democratic leaders in this swing state were dealt a stinging defeat on Tuesday as voters resoundingly rejected an effort to raise taxes by $1 billion a year to pay for a […]

News: Forbes – What is a Wealthy Tax Payer’s Fair Share?

Beginning early in his re-election campaign, President Obama began voicing his belief that our broken tax system and mounting deficit could be fixed — in part, at least – by asking the nation’s wealthiest taxpayer’s to pay their “fair share” of federal income tax. By eliminating preferences, deductions, and exclusions that primarily benefit the rich, […]

Views: Arthur Brooks on the Value of ‘Earned Success’

I learned to appreciate the American free enterprise system by quitting a job in Spain. At age 19, I dropped out of school to pursue a career as a French horn player. After a few twists and turns, I wound up in the Barcelona Symphony, which was a Spanish government job. Even as a foreigner, […]

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Election Results Create New Dynamic for Fiscal Cliff Talks

With the November 6 elections in the rear view, thoughts turn to the lame duck session and the coming 113th Congress. Observers inside the beltway continue to work to interpret the election results and determine how they will shape the near- and long-term prospects for an extension of current estate tax law and the possibility […]

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Election Results Create New Dynamic for Fiscal Cliff Talks

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Tax Talk Heats Up in Election

With just a little more than 2 weeks left until election day, the candidates are angling on tax policy and lawmakers are beginning to lay the groundwork for the lame duck session. Here’s the latest from Washington and the campaign trail: Romney and Repeal – On October 9, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for […]

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Policy and Taxation Group Welcomes New Team Member

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House Passes Tax Extension Package

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House Prepares for Action Affecting Estate Taxes

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House Prepares for Action Affecting Estate Taxes

On August 1, it was another busy day in Washington as Congress aimed to finish business (for now) on key items, including House consideration of an extension of current income, capital gains, dividend and estate tax parameters. House Action Today – The House was slated to begin consideration of the Republican one-year tax extension bill […]

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House Passes Tax Extension Package

August 1 was a significant day in the ongoing congressional battle over tax policy. Levin Amendment – During consideration of the Republicans’ one-year tax extension bill, Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI) offered an amendment to replace the measure with the Senate-passed bill. The Senate measure would extend current rates only for individuals earning under $200,000 per […]

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Estate Tax Action on the Senate Floor

On July 25, intense activity in tax policy debate returned, and estate tax relief is back in the center of attention. Floor Action Today – As we reported on July 19, Senate Democrats have removed the estate tax provisions from their one-year tax extender measure, which would extend current tax rates only for individuals earning […]

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Senate Completes Tax Votes for Now

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Estate Tax Action on the Senate Floor

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Senate Completes Tax Votes for Now

The Senate Republican proposal, which would have extended current rates for all taxpayers and preserved the 35/5 estate tax parameters, was defeated by a vote of 45-54. 44 of 47 Republicans and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) supported the amendment. 52 of 53 Democratic-aligned Senators and Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Scott Brown (R-MA) […]

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Congress and President Quickly Adopt Payroll Extension

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Congress and President Quickly Adopt Payroll Extension

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Congress Seeks Offset for Payroll Tax Relief

Leaders of both parties are preparing outlines of legislation to extend or provide additional payroll tax relief, neither of which are expected to impact estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes. Policy and Taxation Group is paying close attention to year-end, “must pass” measures to minimize the risk of harmful changes to estate taxes aimed […]

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Congress Seeks Offset for Payroll Tax Relief

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Parties Exchange Rhetoric on Joint Committee and Congressman Introduces Harmful Estate Tax Bill

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After the Joint Committee

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President Lays Out Deficit Reduction Plan

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President Releases American Jobs Act

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New Challenges on Exemption

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President Addresses Estate Tax on Bus Tour

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Historic Debt Deal and Its Potential Impact on Tax Reform

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Leaders Address Nation as Congress Readies Competing Plans

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House and Senate Pursuing Separate Strategies on Deficit and Debt Limit

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Debt Fight Enters Critical Week

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Update from Washington, Estate Tax Questions Remain

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Update on Tax Increases Envisioned By Administration

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President Steps Up Call for Tax Increases as Part of Deficit Reduction

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Deficit Reduction Talks Take Detour

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Bipartisan Estate Tax Repeal Bill Introduced

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Senate Rejects Limits on GRATs

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Congress Adjourns, Tax Reform on Agenda for Lame Duck Session

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Tax Reform Unlikely Before Elections

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Growth Consequences of Estate Tax Reform: Impacts on Family and Small Businesses

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Cameron T. Smith September 2010 A Study by the American Family Business Foundation Executive Summary  The United States economy has endured a severe recession and is currently growing too slowly. Accordingly, it is imperative that policy be focused on generating the maximum possible pace of economic growth. The estate tax is […]

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Ways and Means Committee Moves GRAT Provision Forward

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House Adjourns; Senate Makes Final Attempt on Small Business Bill

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Update from Washington

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Recess Begins, Congress Plans for Busy September on Taxes

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Senate to Begin Consideration of Small Business Bill

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Senate Passes PAYGO Amendment Affecting Estate Tax Offsets

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Political Landscape Changing in Washington

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In Context of Jobs, Parties Negotiate Timeline of Estate Tax Reform

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Partisan Reactions to S&P Downgrade Foreshadow Coming Tax Debate

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House Plans for Permanence over Temporary Freeze

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Kyl Pledges to Push for Estate Tax Relief on Small Business Bill

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Latest from Capitol Hill on Estate Tax Reform

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House Passes Permanence Instead of One-Year Freeze

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House Likely to Consider Another Bill Including GRAT Limitations

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House Passes GRAT Revenue Raiser

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House Returning This Week without Plan for Estate Tax

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House Makes Fourth Attempt at GRATs

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Grassley Makes Case for Congress To Pass Estate Tax Reform This Year

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House Passes Bill with GRAT Provision Included

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Congress Prepares for Fall Battle on Estate Tax Reform

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Baucus to Introduce Bipartisan Tax Reform Framework

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Baucus and Reid on Estate Tax Expectations

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Berkley Introduced Bill Solidifying Estate Tax Gains

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Disagreement on Amendments Slows Small Business Bill

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Senate Small Business Bill Does Not Include GRAT Provision

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Update on Deficit Reduction and Tax Policy

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House Clears Health Care Bills, Estate Tax Questions Remain

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The Fight Over Estate Tax Reform Once Again is Heating Up in Washington

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Berkley Bill Introduced, House Leaders Consider Estate Tax Approach

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Estate Tax Reform Likely Postponed Until 2010

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Major Legislative Victory for Families! Estate Tax Relief on the Way

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Afro American Newspapers: Families need a permanent, certain fix of Estate Tax

By Harry Alford April 26, 2006 Why does the National Black Chamber of Commerce support the permanent elimination or the reduction of the estate tax? Because many of our family businesses are first generation businesses, where children work along side their parents, in these businesses. They would like to see their children continue the business […]

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Death Tax Squeezes Smaller Companies

By the Seattle Times Company Editorial Board May 17, 2005 THE supporters of the death tax portray it as an egalitarian measure that taxes only the rich. But its effect in the real world of business is to squeeze middle-sized companies into selling out to bigger ones. Consider who is motivated enough to attend the […]

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PATG 100+ Executive Interviews of Hispanic Family-Owned Businesses

By Impacto Group June 1, 2004 Prepared for Patricia Soldano Overview “It [death tax] affects everybody. If I shut down my business, it puts 18 families on the street. These families would then become dependent on the government for support, and it would increase the problem—not solve it.” —Hector J., manufacturing service and engineering contracting, […]

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The Effects on Government Revenues from Repealing the Federal Estate Tax and Limiting the Step-Up in Basis for Taxing Capital Gains

By CONSAD Research Corporation June 30, 2003 Approach CONSAD Research Corporation has developed a computer model for estimating the changes in government revenues that will occur under proposals that, first, repeal the estate tax and, second, limit the degree to which a step-up in the basis for measuring taxable capital gains can be applied to […]

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Women & The Death Tax

By Nancy M. Pfotenhauer April 2002 Women have a special interest in how the death tax affects their families. In part that’s because women are the fastest growing group of business owners and employers. Whether you own a business yourself of work for a woman-owned business–as millions of Americans do–the death tax can affect your […]

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The Death Tax & Gay and Lesbian Americans

By Frank Luntz April 24, 2001 Overview The message to policymakers from this poll is clear. Gay and lesbian Americans overwhelmingly think they and their families are discriminated against by the “death tax,” and they want this tax abolished. Fully 80% of the gays and lesbians in this study voted for Gore in the 2000 […]