With a large fraction of the tax code expiring in the next couple of years, the big surprise may be the growing consensus for compromise over the estate tax. The estate tax is scheduled to go away in 2011 followed by its return in 2011 with a top rate of 55 percent and a $1 million exemption per spouse.
How did the estate tax, perhaps the most contentious and divisive of taxes, get to the head of the line of possible compromises? A couple of factors appear to be in play.
For legislators who support full repeal, the prospect of allowing the …