PolitiFact Wisconsin: Who actually pays the 'death tax'?

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Just about everyone pays taxes when they are alive. But should you have to pay taxes when you die?
 
"Congressman Mark Pocan says that what Republicans call the death tax is paid only by the ultra wealthy, only about two out of every 1,000 Americans," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Madison Democrat opposes the Republican effort to kill the death tax.
 
"So as part of their tax reform proposal Republicans do want to eliminate the death tax otherwise known as the estate tax," said Kertscher, "which is about 40%."
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin says 40% is the tax rate on estates worth more than $5.5 million. It's paid by people who inherit large sums of wealth. Pocan's point is not many people qualify to pay it - so why eliminate it?
 
"The estate tax is paid by only by estates that are worth about $5.5 million, that comes out to be about two out of every 1000 Americans," said Kertscher.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Pocan's claim True.

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