Nasdaq 100 Tumbles 2% With Tech Leading Stock Rout: Markets Wrap

 Nasdaq 100 Tumbles 2% With Tech Leading Stock Rout: Markets Wrap

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Biden Tax Rule Would Rip Billions From Biggest Fortunes at Death

(Bloomberg) — Jeff Bezos has an ex-wife, a girlfriend, four children and billions of reasons to watch whether Joe Biden’s tax overhaul wins congressional approval.The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s heirs may have to pay more than $36 billion if the president succeeds in closing a loophole that helps the rich transfer their fortunes tax-free at death.Under current rules, whoever inherits the Amazon shares Bezos bought in 1994 for $10,000, worth $180 billion today, will receive a so-called step-up in basis, wiping out any capital gains tax liability. Biden’s plan would close that loophole and apply the top capital gains tax immediately when assets transfer to wealthy heirs. If the rate increases — it’s 20% for holdings like Bezos’s, and Biden has called for boosting it to 39.6% — the eventual tax bill would too.For Bill and Melinda Gates, who announced on…

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