On October 22nd, Rep. Berkley (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3905 to "amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1-year termination of the estate tax, to increase the estate and gift tax unified credit, and to coordinate a reduction in the maximum rate of tax with a phaseout of the deduction for State death taxes."

  • The bill increases the federal estate tax exemption from $3,650,000 in 2010 to $5,000,000 in 2019 and thereafter.  The bill decreases the maximum tax rate from 44% in 2010 to 35% in 2019 and thereafter.

On October 15, 2009, Rep. Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 3841 (pdf) "[t]o amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal carryover basis for decedents dying in 2009, to increase the estate tax exemption to $5,000,000, and to reduce the maximum estate and gift tax rate to 45 percent."