Each year, the Tax Foundation honors state legislators, executives, and other individuals with its Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform award. As the name suggests, the honoree's accomplishments...
- The Tax Policy Blog
- Rhode Island Estate Tax Poorly Designed, Harming Economic...
Rhode Island Estate Tax Poorly Designed, Harming Economic Activity
In today's Daily Caller, Bill Felkner of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) and Dick Patten of the American Family Business Institute urge repeal of Rhode Island's estate tax. They highlight:
- Rhode Island's estate tax is the third highest in the nation, after Ohio and New Jersey. The rate is a maximum of 55% on all assets, including those below the low $850,000 exemption where the law kicks in.
- Congress used to allow dollar-for-dollar credits against the federal estate tax for state estate tax paid. This enabled states to establish "pick up taxes" that transferred money from the feds to the states with no change to the taxpayer. Congress abolished the credit in 2005, and most states have adjusted their estate taxes accordingly. Rhode Island has not.
- Three-quarters of Rhode Island companies are family businesses.
- An OSPRI report finds that the Rhode Island estate tax brought in $27 million in 2009, but induced capital flight and reduced economic activity that lowered income tax collections by $94 million and sales tax collections by $17 million.
Get Email Updates from the Tax Foundation
We will never sell or share your information with third parties.
Join the Tax Foundation's fight for sound tax policy Go
About the Tax Policy Blog
The Tax Policy Blog is the official blog of the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that has monitored tax policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937. Our economists welcome your feedback. If you would like to send an e-mail to the author of a blog post, please click on that person's name to locate his or her e-mail address or visit our staff page here.