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Congratulations on Your Death, Mr. du Pont!

John E. du Pont (yes, that John E. du Pont) died yesterday in prison. If you were so inclined, you could spend the rest of the day cruising around the web reading all sorts of obituaries and related feature pieces about his life, his apparent insanity, and, of course, his murder conviction.

But leave it to Paul Caron at the Tax Prof Blog to find the silver lining for du Pont's family. According to Caron, du Pont is the latest winner of the estate tax lottery, having passed on a mere 22 days before the revamped "death tax" is set to kick in.

So, well done, John! Not only have you spared yourself additional time confined in the pokey, but you've saved your heirs some serious cash.

Posted by Eric Lipman on December 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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