Justice for Breonna Taylor means changing the systems that killed her

Cassia Herron and Aja Holston-Barber, Opinion contributors
Published 6:29 a.m. ET Oct. 2, 2020 | Updated 6:30 a.m. ET Oct. 2, 2020

Breonna Taylor should still be alive today. 

The people and institutions that killed her are incapable of giving us justice. Black women deserve better than what Louisville has given us. Everyone who lives in Louisville deserves better than what can be given from systems more focused on maintaining unjust power than meeting our needs. 

The only remaining role for this failed leadership is to practice accountability. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure they are held responsible and no longer in charge of making community-wide decisions.

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Police Department, Metro Council. These people and systems have not been proactively transparent nor action-oriented in practicing accountability for Breonna’s murder. They did not support Tamika Palmer as she grieved and waited hours for answers

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Changing tax law may have made home trust unnecessary

Dear Liz: I was told my father’s house did not qualify for a step-up in tax basis at his death because he had put the house in a qualified personal residence trust (QPRT). With your recent column mentioning the step-up when a home is inherited, I’m wondering if I paid unnecessary taxes.

Answer: In at least one sense, you may have.

Qualified personal residence trusts were a popular technique when the estate tax exemption limit was much lower. (Currently the limit is $11.58 million per person, but 20 years ago it was $675,000.) Putting a home in this kind of trust essentially froze its value for estate tax purposes while allowing the person who created the trust to continue living there for a certain length of time. At the end of that period, ownership of the home was transferred to the heirs and the person who created the trust had

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