Required

Are Americans Confused about Taxing the Rich?, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA

A new poll reveals that the majority of Americans agree with eliminating the estate tax, which suggests that they want to lower taxes on the wealthy. The same poll also suggests, however, that the majority of Americans want to increase taxes on the rich in a different way.

The remaining Republican Presidential candidates have offered several proposals to reform the American tax system.

Gallup recently conducted a survey of Americans’ support for some of the proposals and released the results in “Americans React to Presidential Candidates’ Tax Proposals.”

Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have proposed eliminating the federal estate tax. According to the survey, the majority of Americans agree.

A total of 54% of respondents said that they agree with the proposal. Only 19% disagreed. The remainder responded that they did not know enough about the issue to have an opinion. As the estate tax only applies to a very small percentage of Americans this could be taken as an indication that the majority of Americans want to lower taxes on the wealthy.

However, only one other tax reform proposal also received support from a majority of those surveyed. A total of 63% agreed with Donald Trump’s proposal to close most tax loopholes and deductions available to the very rich.

What this means about attitudes toward taxes on the wealthy in the U.S. is unclear.

A future survey is planned to survey opinions about the Democratic candidates’ positions that could clear things up. However, it does appear to be good news for opponents of the estate tax. Republicans have wanted to do so for a long time and all of their candidates are in agreement on the issue. Both remaining Democrats want to increase the estate tax.

Unfortunately for the opponents of the estate tax, a reform on taxes do not appear to be a major concern for the general public at this time though.

Reference: Gallup (March 17, 2016) “Americans React to Presidential Candidates’ Tax Proposals.”

Hear From Our Clients
tes-prev
tes-next

I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.

- Charlotte

The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!

- Kerri

Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.

- Pierce

Josh Nelson, and his staff, have been amazingly helpful to our family. The ins and outs of nursing homes, the rules and regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid are daunting and the folks at Nelson Elder Care Law have been informative, responsive, and above all, empathetic. I cannot emphasize enough how their service has taken a weight off of our shoulders especially during a world pandemic that has targeted nursing homes across our country. I highly recommend retaining Josh and his firm!

- Marcia

I had a simple legal question to them that I needed answered and they very helpful in giving me the information I needed. I highly recommend them and will reach out to them if I need more advice or assistance. Thank you for taking your time to just answer a couple of questions I had!

- Ben