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Tax Attorney Derek JensenI strated this blog as a way to follow the developments in the Federal Estate Tax. However, from time to time I will post on Federal Income Tax issues, the Washington State Estate Tax, Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Business Planning. Please feel free to leave comments.
Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 15:21
As the Estate Tax Debate picks up, liberal advocacy groups are backing Rep. McDermott's bill. If you don't recall, that bill would set the exemption at $2.0 million.

“We have just spent a huge amount bailing out Wall Street,” Lee Farris of United for a Fair Economy said. “Now, it would be a lousy time to send even more money to the wealthy.”

Another group also behind McDermott’s bill is Citizens for Tax Justice and Results, an anti-poverty group.

On the other side of the issue...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Friday, 30 October 2009 16:24

As we contemplate another change in the Federal Estate Tax, we have to remember to consider the state death taxes that may apply. The following graphic from the Wall Street Journal shows the current states with death taxes and their rates. State Death TaxesThe accompianing article, State Death Taxes Are the Latest Worry, provides additional information.

Here in Washington State our Estate Tax exemption is $2.0 million and the maximum rate is 19%, which is the highest maximum estate tax rate in the country.

 
 
 
Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Friday, 23 October 2009 07:54
An estate tax bill could be introduce in the House as early as next week states Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer. Here is link for the full article from the NY Times. Of special interest is the last quote, "If we don't act on the estate tax there will be a great cost next year". This makes me think this is the one year extension bill since the estate tax repeal for next year is a revenue cost, but the reversion to the pre 2001 exemptions and rates in 2011 is a revenue gainer. Stay tuned. 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 15:06
Should Tax Reform be linked to Health Care Reform? Representative Brian Baird of Washington thinks so. In a guest editorial from yesterday's Seattle Times entitled Time for real reform of health care and taxes, Representative Baird makes the case for taking on not just health care but also the tax system. He would like to eliminate all income and payroll taxes along with all of the current health care tax exemptions & deductions. Among other recommendations, he wants a progressive...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 12:29
Don't make your funeral plans just yet, if you are counting on the temporarily estate tax repeal in 2010.

This is the conclusion of Mark Nestmann in his article, "Q: Should You Die in 2010? (…For Tax Purposes, of Course)". For nearly a decade planning professionals have been snickering and joking about the possibility of offering death as planning option under the current law. Unfortunately, as we approach the stroke of midnight on December 31st, it isn't as funny as it once was. In Mark's...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Monday, 19 October 2009 09:23
It is getting down to crunch time. In about 10 weeks the Federal Estate Tax is scheduled to be eliminated . . . . for one year!

Unfortunately, this planning nightmare is no closer to being resolved then it has since the bill that created it was passed and signed into law in June of 2001.

As an observer of politics, I recognize that the Estate Tax is a political football that both sides are using to score points and earn significant campaign contributions. Although there hasn't been any...

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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Thursday, 11 June 2009 02:37
Last year I set up an alert to give me notice of new articles that are posted relating the coming changes in the estate tax law. Typical I get a few articles a week. Most of them are repeats of the same old line.

However, this week has been different. I am getting enough of these alerts that they are jamming up my inbox! At last count there have been 161 news articles over the last week. You can check them all out here. There are an additional 125 blog entries over the last week. Taken...

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