ESTATE TAX CHARTOLOGY…. I do love me some charts. Like a zombie that refuses to die, the Senate is getting ready to repeal the estate tax yet again, having abandoned last year’s attempt because even to Republicans it seemed kind of crass in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This chart, from the fine folks at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, shows how low the actual estate tax rates would be under a more modest reform that exempted estates under $3.5 million and capped the top rate at 45%. The Paris Hiltons of the world would still end up paying no more on their inheritances than most middle-class workers pay on their ordinary income. Seems fair to me.