Levy on the value of property changing hands at the death of the owner, fixed mainly by reference to its total value. Estate tax is generally applied only to estates whose value exceeds a set amount, and it is applied at graduated rates. An estate tax was first instituted in the U.S. in 1898 to help finance the Spanish-American War; it was repealed in 1902 but permanently reimposed in 1916, initially to help finance mobilization for World War I. Methods of avoiding estate tax (e.g., gifts and trust funds) were largely foiled by the U.S. Tax Reform Act of 1976.
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Illinois estate tax planning in 2009 and beyond: for persons dying in 2009 and later, the Illinois estate tax is further decoupled from (but still tethered to) the federal estate tax. Estate plans should now provide the flexibility to deal with this dilemma. This article discusses the options and makes the case for an Illinois QTIP.(qualified terminable interest property trust)
Feb 01, 2009; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With the "sunset" provision of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (1)...