Estate Tax Statement from Michael Bloomberg

Estate Tax Statement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

December 17, 2009

Michael Bloomberg“Congress should act immediately to extend the estate tax at its 2009 levels. If Congress doesn’t act – and act soon – the estate tax will disappear completely in 2010, costing the federal government critical revenue at a time it desperately needs it. Extending the 2009 levels for a year would also give Congress time to develop a fair, permanent solution next year.

I happen to support the estate tax. Not only do we need the revenue, I think Warren Buffett gets it right when he argues that a meaningful estate tax puts a check on dynastic wealth, promoting the value of meritocracy in the process.”