The tax relief package wending its way through the House got a little sweeter for small bankers this week.

Late Wednesday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, R- Texas, agreed to make more of an estate's assets tax-free faster. Lawmakers had planned to raise the current $600,000 exemption to $1 million over 14 years. Under the deal cut this week, the higher exemption would be in place by 2007.

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