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Pennsylvania's Inheritance Tax ... it's illogical, unconstitutional and should be abolished
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | March 24, 2002 | C.J. Durkin

Posted on 04/03/2002 5:28:07 AM PST by Dukie

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:02:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

With the calendar page soon turning to April, we once more visit the days when we pause and reflect, mostly in head shaking disbelief, at the amount of our labor is which is appropriated by way of income taxes. While the sage once remarked on the certainty of death and taxes, he may not have appreciated the linkage of these phenomenon in the form of Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax law.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: constitutionallaw; taxes; taxreform
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Further illustration of the repugnance of "death taxes"
1 posted on 04/03/2002 5:28:07 AM PST by Dukie
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To: betty boop
Thank you for your suggestion and enouragement in this bb.
2 posted on 04/03/2002 5:29:56 AM PST by Dukie
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To: joanie-f
Good morning, Joanie.

Bump for a fellow keystone state constitutionalist.

3 posted on 04/03/2002 5:31:38 AM PST by Dukie
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To: badray; GEC; smokeyb
Something of local significance for your consideration.
4 posted on 04/03/2002 5:32:58 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dales; bloodmeridian; mountaineer
A local matter of questionable constitutionality for your consideration.
5 posted on 04/03/2002 5:34:51 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dukie
You will get no argument from me. My two least favorite types of taxes are (in order) property taxes (which destroy the concept of private property and turns "owners" into "renters from the government") and inheritance taxes.
6 posted on 04/03/2002 5:36:14 AM PST by Dales
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To: prisoner6; knarf; hacksaw
Can't forget you good keystone staters in this matter of questionable constitutionality.
7 posted on 04/03/2002 5:36:49 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dukie
Anyone who expects to pay high Inheritance Taxes should check into their local charities, non-profits or community foundations.

Many larger non-profits have excellent planned giving programs that will help support them and also give you a very substantial tax break off of the "Death Taxes".

In fact, if done properly, you may not have to pay hardly any taxes at all. Your favorite Non-profit organization AND you benefit.

8 posted on 04/03/2002 5:38:14 AM PST by Portnoy
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To: Dukie
I just noticed the author's name. Bump!
9 posted on 04/03/2002 5:38:29 AM PST by Dales
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To: Dales
Thanks for your comment, Dales. A recent situation in my life focuses my attention on this business. Are you going the badray's think tank this evening ?
10 posted on 04/03/2002 5:39:21 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dukie
I just don't understand it. They pass a law that financially punishes people for dying and the people keep dying anyway! Go figure.
11 posted on 04/03/2002 5:41:00 AM PST by Still Thinking
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To: RayBob; Abundy; Congressman Billy Bob
A bump for several legal scholars.
12 posted on 04/03/2002 5:42:47 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dales
The author of this well-written piece sadly doesn't know the difference between "looser" and "loser". He must be a freeper.

:-)

Leni

13 posted on 04/03/2002 5:45:47 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Still Thinking
I like your thinking. At one point this state had on its license plates the sloagan:"You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania". As it turns out, it's the kind of friend whose parting act is to skim a cut for himself.
14 posted on 04/03/2002 5:48:46 AM PST by Dukie
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To: MinuteGal; Dales
Ya know what can happen between editors, typesetters, etc.
15 posted on 04/03/2002 5:51:26 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dukie
What are friends for? (Where's my cut?)
16 posted on 04/03/2002 5:52:36 AM PST by Dales
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To: Dukie
It doesn't surprise me that the statute ignores Article 8, section 1 of the Pennsylvania constitution. The legislature and courts also ignore Article 1, Section 21 which states: "The right of the citizen to bear arms in the defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned"

It seems like the Pa. constitution is just another worthless piece of paper.

17 posted on 04/03/2002 5:52:54 AM PST by Russ
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To: Dukie;*taxreform;ancient_geezer;taxman
more income tax insanity.
18 posted on 04/03/2002 5:56:45 AM PST by Principled
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To: Portnoy
Not to complain, Portnoy, and certainly your observations are correct, however the issues raised here pertain to the matters of constitutionality.
19 posted on 04/03/2002 5:56:46 AM PST by Dukie
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To: Dukie
PA chased away wage earners long ago. However they have the second largest retirement population behing FLA. They might end up chasing away their greatest remaining financial resource... dying people.
20 posted on 04/03/2002 5:57:54 AM PST by Dialup Llama
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