Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tax imposed on the right to transfer property by inheritance and assessed on the net value of a decedent's estate before distribution to the heirs. Also called death tax.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tax based on the value of the property of a deceased person, and charged on the personal representatives of the deceased.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tax on the estate of the deceased person

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Examples

  • Farm groups come to visit my office, insisting that the estate tax will mean the end of the family farm, despite the Farm Bureau’s inability to point to a single farm in the country lost as a result of the “death tax.”

    The Audacity of Hope

  • Gangsters Robert Johnson and Harry Allan set me straight: an estate tax (federal or state) is imposed on the net value of the deceased person’s property; an inheritance tax (nonfederal, some states) is levied on the heir who receives that property.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • On death and taxes: In examining dysphemisms, I wrote: When did the inheritance tax (a pro-taxing term) become the estate tax (a neutral term)?

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • When did the inheritance tax (a pro-taxing term) become the estate tax (a neutral term)?

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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