Congress did it! The Bush tax cuts have been extended, which means that no one should get a tax increase come Jan 1st..In fact, if you’re working, your social security withholding will be decreased (but it may take til 1/31 to see the results). Most significantly, we have the Obama tax cuts for estate taxes. The new exclusion is $5 million, and you can also give that amount away during your lifetime. Step-up basis is back, and the estates of those who died in 2010 get to choose if they want the 2010 law to apply or the 2011 law. Biggest negative? It’s only good for two years!