Sometimes the traditional strategies to reduce estate taxes are not practical or appealing. It might be difficult to give away an asset in increments over the years to make tax-free gifts. Or you might want to retain control of your assets for life. There are a lot of reasons why someone might not want to […]
In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, I introduced readers to the Family Bank Strategy. Today, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about it, starting with… Who should consider the Family Bank Strategy? One good candidate is someone who is keeping money in conservative investments as a safety net or in case someone in […]
Have you heard of the “Secret 770 Account” and “The President’s Account?” Or maybe you’ve seen these: Banking on Yourself® or “Infinite Banking?” Or perhaps even these: “Becoming Your Own Banker,” “The Personal Bank,” or “The Retirement Miracle?” If you read financial publications, especially online, you almost certainly have come across some of these. You’ve […]
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Retirement Watch is dedicated to providing Retirement Planning and Estate Planning advice to retirees and people over 50 planning for or preparing for retirement. Retirement Watch’s content includes articles on Retirement Planning, Social Security. Estate Planning, Annuities, Retirement Investing, Medicare, and Healthcare in retirement, senior housing, insurance and long term care, IRA’s, taxes in retirement, and retirement spending.
Our articles are all written, edited, or approved by Bob Carlson. Bob is an attorney and a CPA who is one of America’s leading retirement experts having dedicated his career to this subject. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fairfax County Employees Retirement System since 1992 and has written numerous books on Retirement including “The New Rules of Retirement”, and “Personal Finance after 50 for Dummies”.
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I greatly enjoy your Retirement Watch newsletter. Over these many years I have gleaned several helpful estate and investing suggestions with the most recent one being in your July, 2017 edition.
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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