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Oct 31, 2017

10/31/2017: Is the estate tax saving America from aristocracy?

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The tax prevents individuals worth $5.5 million or more from passing on their estate untaxed, and Republicans have sworn it will be the first thing to go when tax reform comes. Plus, the story behind the lethal toxin that became…

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