Estate Tax Take Little Changed


Despite higher exemptions of taxable estates and far fewer returns filed, revenue collected from the estate tax slipped only slightly from 2001 to 2005, the IRS said. The number of returns fell 58%, but total estate tax revenue declined only 8% to $21.6 billion. The phenomenon indicates that estates with less than $1.5 million, the exemption amount for 2004, account for a relatively small share of estate tax liability, the IRS said. The phenomenon is likely to persist through 2010 as the tax attenuates and disappears before returning in 2011 to levels of a decade earlier.

SPONSORED REPORT

Revenue recognition: A complex effort

Implementing the new standard requires careful judgment. Learn how to make significant accounting judgments and document them and collaborate with peers for consistent application.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

QUIZ

News quiz: Economy and health care changes top CPAs’ list

CPA decision-makers’ economic outlook and the House Republicans’ proposed tax changes as part of replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.