Barr Earns Benjamin Franklin Award

Vows repeal of the death tax

March 20, 2015

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) has been recognized with a national senior citizen’s award.  The Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes Members of Congress who are working to repeal the death tax.  

The award was given by the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan seniors advocacy group.  60 Plus Chairman James L. Martin noted, “It was Franklin who famously said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes, but because of the estate or ‘death’ tax, there is a third certainty--- taxes after death.  60 Plus honors Rep. Barr with this award because he is working hard to get rid of that third certainty—taxes after death—and make Mr. Franklin’s famous quote accurate once again.”

Congressman Barr said, “I appreciate this honor by the 60 Plus Association, and I will continue to work hard to repeal this tax that threatens Kentucky’s family farms and small businesses.”

The death tax was imposed in 1916 as a “temporary” measure to help finance World War I.  Nearly a century later, this confiscatory tax threatens family-run businesses, family farms, and other small businesses.