As the old saying goes, there are two things that are certain in life, death and taxes.
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Tomorrow night during his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama will announce that people paying taxes their entire lives just isn’t good enough. The President wants the current 40 percent death tax rate increased to 60 percent. Americans for Tax Reform breaks down the details:
2. Stealth increase in the death tax rate from 40% to nearly 60%.
Under current law, when you inherit an asset your basis in the asset is the higher of the fair market value at the time of death or the decedent’s original basis. Almost always, the fair market value is higher.