It’s now 2020, and many people still have their estate plans on the backburner. They know the estate tax has changed a lot in recent years, and probably will change again. Many believe that since today’s generous estate tax exemption exceeds the value of their estate, they don’t need to worry about an estate plan. That’s a big mistake, and needs to be emphasized. […]
Many people fall into the trap of believing that, since the estate and gift tax rates and credits are the same, it doesn’t matter whether you give property away during your lifetime or under your will. The fact is, if property is going to be subject to the federal wealth transfer taxes or you are […]
It is not avoiding taxes or probate. Estate planning is deciding how your wealth should be transferred to the next generation (or other heirs of your choice), then determining which legal tools to use to meet those goals. Only after establishing how you want the assets distributed do you consider ways to reduce taxes, to […]
What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.
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My little estate is nearing the $5.5M valuation, and I read on page 2 your suggestion that such size estates may want to consider stepping up their early gifting so as to possibly avoid any estate tax law changes.
That suggestion struck a chord, and so I have just completed a $227,000 (5% of my estate) early gifting program for 27 family and friends. With my successor trustee’s approval, that represents a potential $100,000 in avoided estate taxes at the 40% rate.
God and the economy willing, I expect to recoup that gifted amount within the next 36 months, and depending upon future estate tax laws, I hope to gift another $500,000 when I reach the $6M threshold.
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