Category Archives: Legal Opinion

Opinion by author about current or proposed legal issues.

Message to Congress: Stop Using the Tax Code for Purposes Other Than Raising Revenue

The Constitution provides that Congress has the power to impose taxes and borrow money to “pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States.” This authority is generally referred to as the “Power of the Purse,” meaning the power to control what money is raised by the national [...]

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Estate-Tax Repeal Means Some Spouses Are Left Out and 2010 is a Great Year to Die

Because of congressional “malpractice”, the federal estate tax is repealed for all of 2010. As reported by Martin Vaughn in the January 2-3, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal, certain provisions included in most wills and trust documents that were written on the expectation that estate taxes were a fact of life for years [...]

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