Chuck Grassley attempts to clarify ‘booze or women’ estate tax comments

Senator who spoke of people expending fund on booze or women or movies says taxation code should not penalise prudence, saving and investment

A Republican senator who said attempts to scale back or eliminate the estate tax distinguished” people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny the government had, whether it’s on booze or women or movies” has attempted to clarify his meaning.

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a seven-term senator and senior is part of the Senate finance committee, attained the statement late last week in an interview with the Des Moines Register.

His words have attracted attention since the passage of the Senate tax bill early on Saturday morning.

Democrats charge that the Republican tax reform is heavily weighted in favor of rich countries and corporate America and will add as much as$ 2tn to the national debt. Republicans respond that the wide-ranging cuts will stimulate economic growth.

Under current law, when someone succumbs their estate owes taxes on the value of assets transferred to heirs above $5.5 m for individuals and $11 m for couples.

Only the estates of about two out of every 1,000 Americans who die qualify for such tax.

The Senate bill doubles those limits but does not repeal the tax. The House tax bill initially doubles the limits and then repeals the entire tax after 2023.

House and Senate negotiators are working out the differences between the two bills, with the goal of completing legislation to send to Donald Trump before Christmas.

On Monday, Grassley said his comments had been misinterpreted.

” My point regarding the estate tax, which has been taken out of context, is that the government shouldn’t seize the fruits of someone’s lifetime of labor after they succumb ,” he said in a statement.

” The topic is one of basic fairness, and working to create a taxation code that doesn’t penalize frugality, saving and investment .”

Farm-state lawmakers and other Republicans have long was contended that the estate tax is harsh on small businesses and family farms.

Grassley said he wanted to ensure the tax code was as fair for” family farmers who have to break up their operations to pay the[ Internal Revenue Service] in accordance with the death of a loved one as it is for mothers saving for their children’s college education or running families investing and saving for their retirement “.

The Tax Policy Center has estimated that merely 80 small business and small farm estates nationwide will face any estate tax in 2017.

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