May 26, 2010

Are You Dying to Pay Taxes?


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In January the federal estate tax, sometimes called the “death tax”, completed a ten-year phase out and expired.  However, the estate tax will return with a top rate of 55% on January 1, 2011 when the Bush tax cuts expire. In this podcast we discuss who the estate tax affects, the effects of inheritance taxes in the states, how the estate tax affects the everyday American and policy recommendations concerning the estate tax.

Joining us to discuss these issues is Dr. Antony Davies.  Davies is currently an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University who has published a study on estate taxes and written extensively about the issue.