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Interesting kids down the block. Their chalk drawings inspired this haiku: Hopscotch? Much too tame. / These kids are C.S.I. fans / or quite macabre. And their art got me thinking about death and taxes and impending changes to the federal estate tax.

In addition to the federal estate tax of 40 percent (which is fourth highest in the OECD), many U.S. states levy their own estate and inheritance taxes.  Estate taxes are charged against the estate regardless of who inherits the assets, while inheritance taxes are levied on the transfer of assets to heirs, based on the relationship of the inheritor to the deceased.

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What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax

What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax: U.S. Federal Estate Tax Return

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What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax

What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax: U.S. Federal Estate Tax Return

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Tax Savings: Rental Property Depreciation Explained

Tax Savings: Rental Property Depreciation Explained (For those investing in rental properties)

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Get a deeper understanding on how to prepare Federal Estate Tax Return Form 706 and Gift Tax Return Form 709. Register for the webinar by Arthur Joseph Werner.

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This Chart Shows How the Federal Estate Exemption Has Changed Since 1997

The exemption from federal estate taxes has gradually increased over the years while the estate tax rate has gradually decreased. Here you will find a chart that shows the increases in the exemption and decreases in the tax rate from 1997 through 2015.

Busted! Clinton’s Avoided Federal Taxes in 2014, Created Shell Companies. illary Clinton is on record for a massive increase in the Estate Tax. It is no wonder then, that she has her personal estate and the Clinton Foundation well protected. Using tax shelters and shell companies, everything is as well protected as the upper 1% can afford. Never mind that this os the same sort of behavior that she has criticized Donald Trump for. I guess she is not into paying her fair share after all.

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Koch Brothers' Toxic Legacy Detailed In New Report

KOCH BROS. bought REPUBLICANS to AVOID PAYING for their MASSIVE POLLUTION + to DEREGULATE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS!!!!!

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IRS Announces 2016 Estate And Gift Tax Limits: The $10.9 Million Tax Break