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Proposed Estate Tax for 2011- Maybe

With plenty of time left in 2010 (insert sarcasm tone), Congress is moving towards modifying the federal estate tax system. Here is a quick summary of where we are currently, where will be if they don't pass anything, and what the current bill (" Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, And Job Creation Act Of 2010") would provide. (Disclaimer: this is the quick and dirty summary for discussions at holiday parties and should not be relied upon as an extensive analysis.) What we had in 2009 - $3.5 million exemption per person, 45% tax rate What we had in 2010 - No federal estate tax. "Carryover basis" on inherited assets, with limits. What we will have in 2011 with no change - Federal estate tax for estates greater than $1 million, with a rate of up to 55%. Under the current proposed bill - $5 million exemption, 35% tax rate above that. One of the more interesting items in the proposed bill includes a "portability" provision. Historica