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H.R. 4996 (114th): Sensible Estate Tax Act of 2016

About the bill

Few issues highlight the economic differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump like the estate tax. An estate is everything a person owns at their time of death. Under current law, any estate for an individual worth at least $5.45 million — or for a couple worth at least $10.9 million — gets taxed at a maximum 40 percent rate before it is allowed to be bequeathed to children or other heirs.

Hillary Clinton is calling for that tax to be broadened to encompass more estates and for tax rates ...

Sponsor and status

Sander Levin

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016
Length: 4 pages

Apr 20, 2016
114th Congress, 2015–2017

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 20, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Apr 20, 2016

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4996 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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