Restaurant groups push for estate tax reform

Restaurant industry officials voiced support for a proposal introduced this week in the U.S. Senate that would permanently reform the federal estate, or "death," tax.

The measure — introduced by Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. — would establish the estate tax at a permanent rate of 35 percent with a $5 million exemption amount phased in over the next decade and indexed for inflation.

If Congress does not act on the measure before the end

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