Death, Taxes, and Uncertainty: The Estate Tax in 2010 and Beyond

2010 may be the best year to die, or at least your heirs may think so. Under current law, the estate tax will be eliminated for those who die next year. But the tax is scheduled to return in full force for those who die in later years. With this short-lived repeal only months away, Congress is preparing to take another look at the estate tax. What are the economic effects of the estate tax? Should it be extended, reformed, or abolished?

At this AEI conference, experts will provide a variety of perspectives on these questions. Lily Batchelder, professor of law and public policy at New York University School of Law, will argue that the estate tax promotes fairness and will discuss ways to reform the tax. Kevin A. Hassett, director of economic policy studies at AEI, will discuss the costs imposed on society by the estate tax. Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow at AEI, will chart the nuances of public opinion on this hotly contested issue. AEI resident scholar Alan D. Viard will moderate.

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