death tax


Definition of death tax

: a tax arising on the transmission of property after the owner's death especially : estate tax

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Recent Examples on the Web But at the state level Vermonters are considering more death tax cuts. James Freeman, WSJ, "Has Vermont Had It with Bernienomics?," 21 Feb. 2019 Then increase the death tax and get rid of every tax deduction. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "A Universally Bad Idea," 21 Oct. 2018 And our tax cut saves family, farms and ranches and small businesses from unfair estate tax, also known as the death tax. Fox News, "Jordan, Meadows ask Trump to declassify Carter Page docs," 6 Sep. 2018 The only two things certain in life are death and taxes, but the 2018 governor’s race has combined the issues into a battle over death taxes. Christopher Keating,, "Republicans Continue Campaign Against Connecticut's 'Death Tax'," 21 June 2018 Originally, coroners’ main concern was collecting death taxes. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Will a harassment complaint against a sheriff change how California treats its dead? | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Mar. 2018 Republicans also won’t repeal the death tax, though the exemption will be doubled to about $11 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Tax Reform for Growth," 15 Dec. 2017 Most significant is the eventual repeal of the estate or death tax — a tax that applies to well under 1 percent of Americans — after six years. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, "Tax plan from Republicans outlines 5 sweeping changes for individuals," 2 Nov. 2017 The alternative-minimum tax is zeroed out, as is the death tax. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Tax Reform, If You Can Keep It," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of death tax

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death tax was in 1880

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“Death tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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Legal Definition of death tax

: a tax assessed on the transfer of property (as an estate, inheritance, legacy, or succession) after the transferor's death — compare estate tax, generation-skipping transfer tax, gift tax

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