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A new CTJ report shows that only 0.3 percent of deaths in the U.S. in 2009 resulted in federal estate tax liability. This provides a rough approximation of the impact that President Obama’s estate tax proposal would have, because the estate tax rules in effect in 2009 are the same rules that President Obama has proposed to make permanent. A more sensible alternative is the estate tax proposal announced yesterday by Congressman Jim McDermott.