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Advocates argue over higher estate tax limit in NY

Created: 02/24/2014 1:30 PM WHEC.com

Supporters of a proposal to raise New York's estate tax threshold above $1 million say it would help thousands of homeowners, farmers and small business owners - and not just the super-wealthy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise New York's exemption threshold on estate taxes from $1 million to the federal level of $5.25 million. He also would reduce the tax rate from 16 percent to 10 percent over four years.

Opponents have said Cuomo's estate tax plan would amount to a giveaway to the rich.

But Empire Center President E.J. McMahon says Monday it's not unusual for households to have assets of more than a million, given current home values. The Empire Center estimates that about 3,600 estates annually would be spared the tax under the governor's plan.



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