Bill Sponsorship: the Death Tax Elimination Act:
Source: House Resolution Sponsorship
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phaseout the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period. Summary: Repeals, effective January 1, 2011, current provisions relating to the basis of property acquired from a decedent. Provides with respect to property acquired from a decedent dying on January 1, 2011, or later that:
property shall be treated as transferred by gift; and
the basis of the person acquiring the property shall be the lesser of the adjusted basis of the decedent or the fair market value of the property at the date of the decedent's death.
Requires specified information to be reported concerning non-cash assets over $1.3 million transferred at death and certain gifts exceeding $25,000.
Makes the exclusion of gain on the sale of a principal residence available to heirs.
Revises current provisions concerning the transfer of farm real to provide that gain on such
exchange shall be recognized to the estate only to the extent that the fair market value of such property exceeds such value on the date of death.
Provides a similar rule for certain trusts.
Amends the special rules for allocation of the generation-skipping tax (GST) exemption to provide that if any individual makes an indirect skip during such individual's lifetime, any unused portion of such individual's GST exemption shall be allocated to the property transferred to the extent necessary to make the inclusion ratio for such property zero; and
if the amount of the indirect skip exceeds such unused portion, the entire unused portion shall be allocated to the property transferred.
Provides that, if an allocation of the GST exemption to any transfers of property is deemed to have been made at the close of an estate tax inclusion period, the value of the property shall be its value at such time.
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Question 11: Higher taxes on the wealthy
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