Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss, Esq., author of the You and Yours Blawg, wrote here about a report just published by Representative Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member, Committee on Government Reform, and the Committee on Government Reform Minority Office. The study, entitled “New Report Reveals Estate Tax Repeal Would Give Over $200 Million Windfall to Oil Company Executives,” is a numerical look at who (naming names) might benefit the most from a total repeal of the estate tax. The following is the introduction to the report’s findings:
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 — Next week the Senate is scheduled to consider legislation (H.R. 8) to repeal the estate tax. Repealing the tax, which has been law since 1916, is estimated to cost $1 trillion from 2011-2021. Although the tax affects few Americans, repeal will give some families extraordinary windfalls. The CEO’s of major oil companies, for instance, would get enormous benefits if H.R. 8 were enacted. The family of one oil executive, Lee Raymond (the former ExxonMobil CEO), alone could receive a tax break worth over $160 million.
This report analyzes the impact that repeal would have on the families of the senior executives for the major oil companies. In 2005, the minority staff of the Government Reform Committee released a similar analysis showing that repealing the estate tax repeal would save the President, Vice President, and 11 cabinet members as much as $344 million.