Cattlemen applaud legislation to repeal death tax
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous death tax.
The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced recently by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and by U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.
“As a fourth-generation cattle producer, I can attest that the death tax can wreak havoc with agricultural families, and it’s long past time that we kill it off once and for all,” said NCBA President Tracy Brunner. “We thank Sen. Thune and Reps. Noem and Bishop for introducing this common-sense bill and we hope Congress passes it as soon as possible.”
NCBA has long advocated for a full and permanent repeal of the death tax. In fact, 96 percent of American farms and ranches are owned and operated by families. Many farm and ranch families are asset-rich and cash-poor, with most of the value of their estate attributed to the value of the land, livestock and equipment they use to grow food and fiber for consumers around the world. Yet the death tax forces them to pay based on the often nonliquid value of those assets.
The death tax also costs agricultural families a lot in unnecessary and unproductive compliance costs. According to the Joint Economic Committee, for every dollar of tax revenue raised from the death tax, a dollar is wasted in compliance costs. For example, in 2006, it was estimated that family businesses spent $27.8 billion just to comply with the law.