Sensible Estate Tax Act of 2016

Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee are supporting H.R. 4996, the “Sensible Estate Tax Act of 2016,” introduced by ranking minority member Sander M. Levin (D-Mich). Key elements of the bill include:

  • reducing the federal estate tax exempt amount to $3.5 million;
  • chopping the federal gift tax lifetime exemption to $1 million;
  • capping the Deceased Spouse’s Unused Exemption at $1 million;
  • boosting the estate tax rate to 45%.

The bill isn’t expected to get much traction this year, but could be a preview of coming attractions should the Congress change hands next year.

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