Paying local, state, and federal taxes is part of being a responsible business owner and citizen. But should you be taxed after you die? More importantly, should your family have to sell your business to pay a Death Tax?
America's international auto dealers are constantly in danger of losing their family businesses as a result of the federal estate tax, more appropriately called the Death Tax. Not only does the Death Tax tax earnings twice – once while living and once upon death – it penalizes entrepreneurs for establishing a successful business and discourages others from ever establishing businesses that would bolster local economies. The 107th Congress passed and President Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) of 2001. EGTRRA included a repeal of the federal death tax. As a result, the law phased out the federal death tax until it was completely repealed in 2010.
Unfortunately, the repeal expired on January 1st, 2011. During the 112th Congress, members of the House and Senate introduced pieces of legislation permanently repealing the Death Tax. The bills never made it out of committee and onto the Chamber floors for a vote.
When Congress returns after the 2012 election, they must address a series of tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of the year. The Death Tax will likely become a bargaining chip during the remaining of the 112th lame duck session. The expiring tax cuts include the Bush tax cuts on marginal income tax rates, the Death Tax, and capital gains and dividends rates.
AIADA tackles the Death Tax and other serious tax issues every year in Washington. We are dedicated to ensuring that dealers are given an opportunity to grow their businesses, strengthen their communities, and, one day, pass their legacy on to the next generation. Small businesses keep the American economy running. Taxing them into bankruptcy hurts us all.
Dealer Principal, Acura of Glendale
"The Death Tax places local, family owned businesses like mine at Acura of Glendale in a very precarious position – liquidating 55 percent of my small business is not a viable option."
Dealer Principal , Performance Automotive
"Without permanent repeal of the Death Tax, I'm going to have to give more than half of my business to the IRS. That is downright confiscatory. My 500 employees should not be out of a job because I die."
FBETC Letter to Sen. Thune Supporting Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax
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