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Subject:  Re: Estate / death taxes: was my grandfather foo Date:  4/16/2008  2:09 AM
Author:  draknor Number:  62281 of 78165

That doesn't make it a "death tax" any more than getting divorced results in a "divorce tax" or choosing not to marry in the first place results in a "bachelor(ette) tax." These labels are silly.

Her income tax increased because she has a 60% higher income now on a per individual basis.

This is true, but it's something I doubt very many people think of or plan for. And while you are right its not a "death tax", I think ziggy is very fair to call it a "death-related tax", because it was the death of the spouse that changed the income tax situation.

I don't think there really is anything that can, or should, be done about it, except for trying to plan for that sort of thing in your estate planning so it doesn't come as a surprise. I would definitely that as a "salt in the wound" effect