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Just curious, how does the IRS know the total assets of millionaires ?

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"...the IRS study also uses a “sample” of millionaires to come up with its figure(s). They [IRS] use the Federal estate tax returns filed for decedents who died in a particular year. Estimates of the living population are then derived by using a multiplier, based on appropriate mortality rates, and then are applied to this sample."
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