Death Tax Family Stories

Below is a generous collection of stories of families, their businesses and farms, and the hurtful effects the Death Tax has had on them. While there is very strong data providing overwhelming evidence of the destructive economic nature of the Death Tax (see our section on Library of Death Tax Studies) - the real stories are of the families. The stories below illustrate the cruel reality of the Death Tax.

John Ed Anthony

Third-generation timberland owner and forest products producer, John Ed Anthony, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law" 

Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger

Testimony given by second-generation shipbuilder, Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the

Current Law"

John Bradshaw 

Testimony given by CEO and owner of Portland Transmission, John Bradshaw, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee Hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law"

Herman Cain

Testimony given by former Presidential candidate and CEO and owner of THE New Voice, Inc., Herman Cain, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law"

Ron Dennis

An article written by Ron Dennis, owner of Dennis Paper and Food Service in the Bangor Daily News on the debilitating cost of the Death Tax

 

Larry Drummond

Testimony given by the former owner of Drummond and Company, Larry Drummond, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law"

 

 

Eugene Sukup

An article written by Eugene Sukup, Chairman of Sukup Manufacturing Co., in the McClatchey Tribune on the myth of the tax revenue generated from the Death Tax 

 

Guy Moore

An article written by Florida family business owner, Guy Moore, in the Tallahassee Democrat on the negative job-growth effect of the Death Tax

 

Kevin Hancock

Testimony given by President and CEO of Hancock Lumber, Kevin Hancock, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law"

Gary Houlahan

Testimony given by CEO and owner of Mutual Materials, Gary Houlahan, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under the Current Law" 

Kevin Jones

An article written by North Carolina farm owner, Kevin Jones, in Raleigh News & Observer on the difficulty of paying the Death Tax due to the unavailability of liquid assets

 

Tim Keller

Testimony given by owner of Institutional Jobbers Company, Tim Keller, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on - "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under Current Law" 

 

Larry Reece

Editorial written by San Jose, California small-business owner Larry Reece in the Mercury News

 

Clayton Leverett

An article published in the Austin-American Statesman by farm owner, Clayton Leverett, on the debilitating effect of the Death Tax on American farmers 

 

Gary McCall

Testimony given by Iowa farm owner, Gary McCall, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under Current Law" 

 

Lowell Miles

Testimony given by Oregon family business owner, Lowell Miles, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on " Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under Current Law" 

 

Walt Muralt

Testimony Given by Montana family business owner in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under Current Law" 

 

Neil "Doc" Dow

An article written by farm owner, Neil Dow, on the debilitating effects of the Death Tax 

 

Peter Nelson

Testimony given by family business owner, Peter Nelson of Salem, Oregon, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Federal Estate Tax: Uncertainty in Planning Under Current Law" 

 

Bruce Nevins

An article written by greater New York City area business owner Bruce Nevins on the economic benefits of not having a federal Death Tax

 

Pearle Marr

Testimony given by Arizona-based family business owner Pearle Marr in front of the United States House of Representatives Small Business Committee hearing on "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farms"

 

Peter Gunnerman

An op-ed written by Nevada-based business owner, Peter Gunnerman, in the Reno Gazette-Journal entitled "Death Tax Destroys Green Energy Jobs"

 

Don Root

Testimony given by Seattle-based family business owner, Don Root, in front of the United States House of Representatives Small Business Commitee hearing on: "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farms"

 

Duane Schumaker

Testimony given by Montana family business owner, Duane Schumaker, in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Alternatives to the Current U.S. Estate Tax System" 

 

Bill Simkins

Testimony given by Bill Simkins in front of United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Alternatives to the Current U.S. Estate Tax System"

 

Steve Swanson

A letter to the editor written by family business owner Steve Swanson on the destructive effects of the Death Tax not only on businesses but on local communities as well

 

Victor Mavar

Testimony given by family business owner Victor Mavar of Biloxi, Mississippi in front of the United States Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Alternatives to Current U.S. Estate Tax System"

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