Comparative Analysis Of The Estate Tax Essay

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Comparative Analysis of the Estate Tax First and Last Name Class Number Teacher’s Name Date While the Presidential election of 2016 has been non-traditional in many ways, one issue that has retained its conventional place in American politics is the debate over the estate tax. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2016) the estate tax, labeled the “death tax” by its opponents, is a tax that a person must pay on an estate (money or property) that he or she inherits. Given the circumstances surrounding the estate tax, usually owed after a family member or close relative has passed way, there can be emotional resentment in regard to its existence and structure. The estate tax also represents a philosophical divide within American political thought. While the effect of the estate tax is confined to only a few thousand wealthy families (Hanlon & Steinberg, 2013), it strikes at the core of the contemporary debate over the role of government in American life and what the scope of American’s tax system should be. Two prominent political think-tanks, The Heritage Foundation and Center for American Progress, have published papers on this issue using argumentation, evidence, and data. Scrutinizing and analyzing these two different arguments on the subject of the estate tax illuminates the current ideological divide within the United States. Center for American Progress is a liberal think tank that does research and analysis on a variety of salient domestic and
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