"Tax The Wealthy: Why America Needs the Estate Tax"

William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins in The American Prospect, June 17, 2002

In this TAP piece, Bill Gates, Sr. and Chuck Collins, remind us that, "[Republican President Theodore] Roosevelt and others of his day understood that the American experiment was an attempt to balance economic liberty and free enterprise, on the one hand, with a traditional concern about democracy and the dangers of concentrated wealth and power, on the other. The estate tax, adopted in 1916, was one of the means by which Americans rejected the Old World, with its political and economic monarchies."

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"Senate Needs Reality Check Before Refunding Estate Tax"

Alan Murray in the Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2002

In this WSJ op-ed piece, Alan Murray notes that, "Marie Antoinette had nothing over the U.S. Senate. In its rush to permanently eliminate the estate tax, the nation's 'deliberative body' has apparently forgotten to deliberate on the surging social trends of our time."

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Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Paper

If you feel that more tax cuts for multi-millionaires are unfair and unwise use these links to write a letter to the editor of your local or national paper:

Just click on any of the links below and follow the instructions on the page that appears next:

Full repeal of the estate tax would mean much less money for the things most Americans really care about.

If this worries you, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

Do you believe that common sense and basic fairness demand permanent reform, not repeal, of the estate tax?

If so, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

Do you own your own small business? Do you Favor Sensible, Fair Reform of the Estate Tax over Costly, Unfair Repeal?

If so, click here to send a letter to the editor of the local or national paper of your choice.

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Proposal Leaves Most Americans to Pick Up the Tab for a Few Multi-Millionaires, Americans for a Fair Estate Tax Coalition Warns

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Estate Tax Repeal Advocates Up the Stakes in Estate Tax Debate

In an effort to re-emphasize their dogged commitment to tax breaks for the very wealthy, House Republicans announced last week that they would bring up the issue of permanent estate tax repeal for a vote shortly after they return from their Memorial Day recess - on June 5 or 6.

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House-Passed Superwaiver is Even Worse Than Earlier Versions

The Administration's "superwaiver" proposal that passed the House on May 16 as part of welfare reform (H.R. 4737) would provide cabinet secretaries with new, far-reaching authority to approve state applications to waive federal laws and regulations affecting a number of programs -- even more than earlier versions indicated.

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House Passes $29.6 Billion Supplemental

Before adjourning for its week-long Memorial Day recess, the House passed the President's emergency supplemental appropriations bill on May 24, in a 280-138 vote. Supplemental appropriations bills, such as this one, are common tools to bridge the gap between one fiscal year's appropriations and the next. This $29.6 billion supplemental, $2 billion more than the President's initial $27.1 billion request, will provide added funding for this fiscal year, which ends September 30.

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Citizens for Tax Justice: Estate Tax Questions

Citizen for Tax Justice provides answers to many of your questions about the history of the estate tax and reasons for maintaining the tax.

CTJ Estate Tax Analysis

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NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby -- Position Paper

NETWORK opposes the permanent repeal the estate tax. As millions of people – parents and children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and the working poor – are forced to meet their most basic needs through charity, we are dismayed that the focus of attention is not on meeting their needs, but is on furthering tax cuts that will benefit the most affluent.

Read the full NETWORK Position Statement on Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax

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Independent Sector Policy Position on the Estate Tax and Charitable Tax Bequests

Read Independent Sector's Policy Position on the Estate Tax.

The statement outlines the negative effects of estate tax repeal on charitable giving.

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