Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Walton Welfare?

Matt G at talkingtaxes.org thinks he knows why Sen Blanche Lincoln put a provision in the Senate bill that would slash the estate tax rates.

"For much of the last 20 years, Arkansas estate tax collections have been pretty flat, hovering between $10 and $30 million a year. But in fiscal 1996, the state collected just under $120 million in estate taxes. While the state is (understandably) not telling what the source of the single-year bump was, it's generally understood to have been largely due to the death of Wal-Mart co-founder "Bud" Walton in 1995."

Could also account for this.

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