The Estate Tax: Fair or Foul?, July 25, 2005 · Estate tax law is a confusing patchwork, with different rates for individuals in four of the next six years. That's because it is caught in a tug of war between those who want to abolish it and those who think it is essential to the country's finances. President Bush is pushing for the law's full repeal. Others, including many Democrats, want to keep the law, but overhaul it. Taking Issue asks what's the right thing to do for families affected by the tax, and for the federal treasury.

Gene B. Sperling

The Case for Sensible Estate Tax Reform

Gene B. Sperling

"Those of us who support sensible reform propose that 99.5 percent of all American families pay not a single penny in taxes on what they leave to their heirs."

Gene B. Sperling is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He served in the Clinton administration as the President's National Economic Adviser and Director of the National Economic Council.

Grover Norquist

Death to 'Death Taxes'

Grover Norquist

"American taxpayers understand that cutting the death tax is just tinkering on the edges. Ending it is a matter of principle."

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes.


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