U.S. House Re-Introduces Death Tax Repeal Act

Date: January 31, 2024

NFIB sent a letter of support to members of the House

On Jan. 19, the Death Tax Repeal Act was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation will stop small family businesses from being taxed at the death of small business owners. NFIB sent a letter of support to members of the House supporting H.R. 7035, the Death Tax Repeal Act. Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02) re-introduced the legislation in the U.S. House.

“This is common sense legislation for small family businesses,” said Jeff Brabant, NFIB Vice President of Federal Government Relations. “Taxing small business owners at death is wrong. This bill will help keep small family businesses in the family and prevent them from being acquired by larger competitors.”

Nearly half (44%) of small business owners reported they view the estate tax as a very important issue. Many small business owners seek professional guidance on how to prepare for the estate tax or evaluate the likelihood of being affected by it in the future. This legislation would permanently eliminate the federal estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes.

NFIB has long opposed the death tax, and in a recent NFIB member ballot, 92% of NFIB members oppose increasing the estate tax.

“For small business owners, the death tax is an unnecessary burden that is triggered when assets are passed onto children or family members,” said Brabant. “Upon the death of a loved one, businesses can be severely impacted or even forced to close. The death tax discourages savings and investments, reduces wages and job creation, and is the leading cause of dissolution for thousands of family-run businesses.”

NFIB encourages Congress to reduce costly and unnecessary government regulations on small business owners. Repealing the death tax encourages growth and opportunity for small businesses across the country.


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