WASHINGTON Oct 27 The U.S. House of
Representatives will revise the estate tax -- or inheritance
tax -- before it expires at the end of 2009, the chamber's No.
2 Democrat said on Tuesday.
"I expect it to come forward this year, whether it comes in
the next two weeks or the next six weeks, I expect the estate
tax to move in the House of Representatives," House Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer said at a news conference.
The estate tax, which taxes the transfer of assets from a
deceased person to others, will disappear for one year at the
end of 2009 without congressional action.
The current policy exempts the first $3.5 million in an
individual's estate, with a maximum tax of 45 percent on
property after that.
After 2010, the tax reverts to pre-2001 levels exempting $1
million in property, with a maximum rate of 55 percent above
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; editing by Vicki Allen)