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Analytical Perspectives .. Main Budget Document
9/11/2001 Tax Relief Bill for WTC Survivors and Summary
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Common Capitol Questions
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Joint Committee on Taxation
Members of Congress
National Committee on Planned Giving
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Writing Congress
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Off-shore and Asset Protection Trusts
International Trusts IRS Newsletter on Sham Trusts
Trusts and Remarriages
Estate Planning Needs Vary
Warren Gorham & Lamont Tax Information Links
Maximizing Family Wealth and Control
Estate Planning Information on Disinheriting the IRS - New legislation EGTRRA 2001
Downloadable FTP Powerpoint Presentation on the Family Limited Partnership or Plain File
KPMG Estate Tax Commentary on the 1997 TRA 1997
Financial Times Internet Site
S & P 500 Index Bars
Bloomberg Business Site - Market Updates
Summary of Estate Tax Changes - July 1997
State by State Tax Information
Wills on the Web. Why probate might not be a good idea.
Avoid Family Disputes With a Buy-Sell Nest Egg
University of Southern California Prospect Research
Roth IRA Comparison Calculator
Define Roth IRA - An Indepth Look
Roth IRA and Estate Planning - Brentmark
IRS Forms Download Site
ERISA, Divorce and Estate Planning by Noel Ice
July 1997 - Taxpayer Relief Act
Forbes on Taxes
Jacobs Report on Asset Protection - Family Limited Partnership (FLP) Articles
Mel Abraham's - New Decisions Bring New Life to Family Limited Partnerships
Business Valuation Specialist
Estate Planning Links
National Network Site
Maximizing the Control of Family Wealth See how families of wealth pass it down.
Estate Tax Information Site
Identity Theft in the Workplace

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Legal Tax Avoidance - Remember, Estate Taxes Are Voluntary

'I live in Alexandria. Virginia. Near the Supreme Court chambers is a toll bridge across the Potomac. When in a rush, I pay the dollar toll and get home early. However, I usually drive outside the downtown section of the city and cross the Potomac on a free bridge. This bridge was placed outside the downtown Washington, D.C. area to serve a useful social service, getting drivers to drive the extra mile and help alleviate congestion during the rush hour.

If I went over the toll bridge and through the barrier without paying the toll, I would be committing tax evasion. If, however, I drive the extra mile and drive outside the city of Washington to the free bridge, I am using a legitimate, logical and suitable method of tax avoidance, and I am performing a useful social service by doing so.

For my tax evasion, I should be punished. For my tax avoidance, I should be commended. The tragedy of life today is that so few people know that the free bridge even exists.'

Justice Louis P. Brandeis

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