Death and Taxes: What is the Estate Tax?
By: Nicole Zub - April 03, 2017
The estate tax, more commonly known as the “death tax,” is one of the most hated taxes in the United States. Long considered to be a contentious issue in the tax policy field, Americans are largely not comfortable with the concept of taxing inheritances. However, estate taxes align perfectly with America’s historical idea of fairness and not encouraging wealth to accumulate long after death. Despite citizens’ contempt for taxes at death, few will ever actually be subject to the estate tax. Read on to learn more about the estate tax, and what happens to our money after we die.
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