Death Tax Stories


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

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John Ed Anthony

The following is testiony given by third-generation timberland owner and forrest 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 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 fromt the Death Tax 

Guy Moore

An article written by Florida family business owner Guy Moore in the Tallahasse 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" 

Jeff Page 

An op-ed written by Napa Valley vineyard owner Jeff Page in the Napa Valley Register on the debilitating effects of the Death Tax on his family businesses 

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 businesses, but on local communities as well

Victor Mavar 

Testiony 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"