SwineCast Update for August 11, 2010, Will We See Congressional Action On Estate Taxes This Year?

The Year of Pigs is going strong at the Indiana State Fair. Mike Platt, Executive Director of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, shares how innovative product promotion efforts are paying off in Indiana.

There is not much time left this year for the US Congress to pass estate tax legislation. 2010 had the estate tax completely repealed - But that repeal is temporary. If Congress fails to act before January 1, 2011, then estate taxes will be reinstated and at a level we have not seen for 10 years. Pat Wolff, American Farm Bureau Federation Tax Policy Specialist, advocates everyone to connect with their Representatives and Senators. Inaction will result in serious tax implications in 2011.

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