One Good Reason to Review Your Estate Plans Now
The 2017 TAX LAW DOUBLED the federal estate tax exemption to $22.36 million for couples and $11.18 million for individuals, shielding all but the wealthiest Americans from federal estate taxes. But that larger exemption (which also applies to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes) expires in 2025, after which the exemptions will drop by about half unless Congress extends them.
Given the temporary nature of this exemption, now might be a very good time to review existing planning documents, such as wills and trusts, to make sure there are no unintended consequences. That’s the recommendation of a new “Wealth Strategy Report: Estate Planning After the 2017 Tax Act,” from the Chief Investment Office.
The new report examines a wide range of scenarios, taking into account how issues such as capital gains and state taxes could affect your estate planning decisions.
Use the report as a guide to discussions you may want to have with your tax, legal and financial advisors. Consider what combination of gifts, credit shelter trusts, and other approaches could help you pass along your wealth to loved ones as tax efficiently as possible—and whether a gift now or a bequest later might make more sense.
The new report examines a wide range of scenarios, taking into account how issues such as capital gains and state taxes could affect your estate planning decisions. These hypothetical scenarios could help drive a conversation with your team about what’s best for your unique situation.
To learn more about how the new tax law could affect your personal estate planning, download “Estate Planning After the 2017 Tax Act” here.
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