According to ASSET, the bill offers a voluntary, simplified method of estate tax payment for Americans who face the tax. They would pay what the sponsors call “a fair share of taxes” while they are alive, without any of the distortion or inefficiency in the current regulations for collecting estate taxes, they said.
Among other things, the ASSET Act would address the carry-over basis for the tax, simplify and extend returns, and address the special rule for revocation of trusts.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) supports the bill, although it still prefers outright repeal of the estate tax.
“The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an annual elective surcharge in lieu of estate tax, and for other purposes,” said TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield in the Sept. 21 issue of TIA's Weekly Legislative Update.