Supporters and opponents of restoring the estate tax are calling on Congress to make a decision before the August recess. The estate tax stands at 0% but will rocket to 55% in 2011 for anyone with assets of more than $1 million. Estate-tax supporters, who say the revenue produced could help close the deficit and help state and local governments, want a bill that would return the tax to 2009 levels but on a more progressive scale -- estates would pay either nothing, 45%, 50% or 55% depending on their assets. Estate-tax opponents support a compromise bill that would set the tax rate at 35% with exemptions for anyone with less than $5 million in assets.
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