Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grassley urges Reid to act on the estate tax

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to act on making changes to estate tax law before it reverts back to pre-2001 levels in 2011. Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) have hatched a bipartisan plan that would create a permanent 35 percent tax on estates worth more than $5 million. But without Reid backing the proposal, Grassley said the Senate Finance Committee is unlikely to bring the bill forward.

Lawmakers were supposed to be close to a deal on the tax a few weeks ago, but that agreement apparently fell apart. During those negotiations, Kyl said there was some disagreement on how to pay for the bill. However, today, Grassley said offsets were no longer an issue, but did not say what offsets were being used to pay for the bill.

Posted via web from The Modern Planner

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