How the Shale Gas Boom Creates Estate Tax Problems for Farmers

As the U.S. Senate begins debate on repeal of the estate tax, it is obvious the stakes are higher than ever. With farms in Pennsylvania and Texas experiencing 10 percent or greater increases in household wealth, the estate tax is a continuing threat to farm families’ ability to pass their farms to their children. This tax threatens to destroy the wealth built by their entrepreneurship in the shale gas industry and hampers incentives for further development.

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