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Estate Tax Tables

The federal estate tax has changed almost every year since 2001 as the effective exclusion has climbed from $675,000 that year to $3.5 million in 2009 and the maximum rate has fallen from 55 percent to 45 percent.  In 2010, the tax disappears entirely, only to return in 2011 with a $1 million exemption and a 55 percent top tax rate.

Tables show historical parameters and statistics, projected revenues and returns, and distributions of tax under current law and selected proposals to change the estate tax.

Historical Statistics
Number of Returns and Percent Taxable
Returns as a Percentage of Deaths
Exemption and Top Tax Rate
Tax Rate Schedule
Estate Taxes by State
Summary Tables
Revenue Impact
Returns and Liability
Distributional Tables
By Gross Estate Level
Current Law
Various Proposals
2011 Law Extended
2009 Law Extended
2009 Law Extended
$5M Exemption (Indexed) and 35% Rate
$3.5M Exemption (Indexed) and 45% Rate
$3.5M Exemption (Unindexed) and 45% Rate
By Gross Estate Percentiles
Current Law
Current Law and 2011 Law Extended
2009 Law Extended both Indexed and Unindexed
2008 Reform Proposals
Distributional Effects of Individual Proposals by Size of Gross Estate