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Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Friday, 03 December 2010 08:28

Yes, they do lock up tax protesters and tax cheats! This article provides a good reminder that tax crimes can result in actual jail time. As our Federal Income Tax rates increase over the next few years, some people will be tempted by schemes that sound to good to be true. Always consult with a credible tax professional before you getting involved.

If You Want To Join Wesley Snipes In Prison, Try These Tax Moves - Forbes.com

Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Friday, 03 December 2010 02:41
Following up on the House Tax Bill that was passed yesterday, Senate Democrats Introduced a Tax Cut Bill that, unlike the House version, includes a provision on the Estate Tax.

The main substance of both of these bill are extend the Bush era tax rates for families earning $250,000 and less per year and individuals making $200,000 and less.

The Senate version of the bill includes a provision to create a permanent estate tax at the 2009 rates and exemption levels. If passed, it would be the...

Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:19
The upcoming issue of Forbes contains an article that describes some of the basic estate planning documents and cost estimates for hiring an attorney to prepare them. How To Do Estate Planning On The Cheap - Forbes.com Deborah Jacobs does a good job of advocating for the use of an attorney over do-it-yourself software and websites, but she misses a key point. Successful estate plans must address the issues that the clients are concerned about. Too often people believe that a one-size fits all...

Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 02:17
What would be the impact of the four major estate tax proposals for 2011? This is the question addressed by a new post in Lively Debate Ahead on Estate Tax | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

It includes the following chart showing the estate tax as a percentage of GDP:

It also shows charts for the current law from 2001 through 2011 and four proposals that we have heard the most of over the last two years or so. Of course after the election, the game has changed and everything...

Written by Derek W. Jensen   
Friday, 12 November 2010 16:52

This chart shows the Federal Estate Tax Exemptions for the years 1991 through 2011. It also shows the Washington State Estate Tax Exemptions for the years 2006 through 2011.

estate tax rate chart

I thing this chart can help provide some perspective in the upcoming debate on the estate tax.

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