Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future July 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP
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I. INTRODUCTION -

This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and accelerated with the one-year (2010) “repeal” enacted in 2001. A discussion of recent, pending, and proposed developments begins with Part XIX on page 129.

II. PAST REMINISCENCES -

A. The World War I Era -

1. In the Revenue Act of September 8, 1916, as the United States was on the brink of entering World War I, Congress enacted the current estate tax, imposed at rates of 1 percent to 10 percent on taxable estates over $50,000.

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