H.R.498

To make permanent the individual income tax rates for capital gains, and for other purposes.

1/14/2009--Introduced.

Capital Gains and Estate Tax Relief Act of 2009 - Makes permanent the reduction in capital gains tax rates (from 20 to 15%) enacted by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief and Reconciliation Act of 2003.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) restore the unified credit against gift tax liability; (2) provide for annual increases in the estate tax exclusion amount between 2010 and 2015 and establish a permanent exclusion amount of $5 million for 2015 and thereafter; (3) provide for an inflation adjustment to the estate tax exclusion amount after 2015; (4) reduce estate tax rate brackets; and (5) allow a surviving spouse to use the unused unified estate tax credit of a deceased spouse.

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