House, Senate Introduce Legislation to Relieve Manufacturers of Death Tax

By June 21, 2013Taxation

A bicameral, bipartisan effort to fully repeal the estate tax was unveiled June 19 when Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Senator John Thune (R-SD) simultaneously introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013.

For small and medium manufacturers, the burden of the death tax is not only felt when property is transferred at death, but annually — with estate-planning costs averaging $94,000 a year. Manufacturers know that funds currently used to prepare for the estate tax could better be spent on business investment, expansion, and job creation.

Before Congress reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, maximum estate tax rates were set to skyrocket up to 55% this year. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 provided welcome relief by providing a permanent estate tax provision with a $5 million exemption (adjusted annually for inflation) at a 40% maximum rate.

Still, full repeal of the death tax would give small and medium manufacturers – many of which are family-owned – the certainty of knowing their companies will not need to be liquidated or sold to cover estate taxes.

The NAM applauds the introduction of S. 1183 in the Senate and H.R. 2429 in the House, and joined over forty organizations in thanking the sponsors of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013. To read the Senate letters click here and here.

Christina Crooks

Christina Crooks is Director, Tax Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, where she is responsible for providing NAM members with important updates on tax policy, pensions, and corporate finance and management issues and representing the NAM’s position on these issues before Congress and the Administration. Within the NAM tax policy portfolio, Christina focuses on the R&D tax credit and tax extenders, and serves as the Executive Secretary for the R&D Credit Coalition and a leader in the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition.

Before joining the NAM, Crooks served as senior manager of government affairs for Financial Executives International, where she advocated on behalf of the association’s membership of senior-level business executives on tax, corporate treasury, pension and benefit issues. Previously, she worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE), a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services. Christina handled financial services issues for the Congressman during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act, and also worked on small business and judiciary issues. Christina earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a M.A. in Political Science from American University.

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