When you are planning your estate, you may wonder about the way that taxes can impact inheritances that you are leaving to your loved ones. We will take a look at the details in this post to shed some light. Income Taxes Many people are pleasantly surprised when they learn that you do not have to claim an inheritance on your federal or state income tax returns. This applies to insurance policy proceeds along with direct bequests. When it comes to revocable living trusts, distributions of … [Read more...] about Are Inheritances Subject to Taxation?
by Justin M. Kennedy Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law The IRA has announced the new Estate Tax Exemption amount (hereinafter “Exemption amount”) for 2020. The new Exemption amount will be Eleven Million Five Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars ($11,580,000). This Exemption amount is per U.S. Citizen – meaning a married couple may pass over Twenty-Three Million dollars Estate Tax free ($23,160,000 in 2020). To provide historical context, in 2002 the Exemption … [Read more...] about Estate Tax Exemption Amounts to Increase
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. The federal estate and gift tax exclusion is set “permanently” to $5 million, adjusted for inflation. However, if you die between now and the end of 2025, the exclusion is doubled to $10 million, adjusted for inflation. Its inflation adjusted to $11.4 million in 2019. But, the federal estate and gift tax is the same regardless of where you live when you die. You could … [Read more...] about When and Where You Die Matters
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. A new proposal regarding estate taxes has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. S.B. 309, the “For the 99.8% Act,” is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The bill would exempt the first $3.5 million of an individual’s estate from estate taxation. (Under current law, the exemption is $5 million, doubled to $10 million through 2025, and is adjusted for … [Read more...] about New Estate Tax Proposal
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. Today’s world is increasingly mobile. It’s increasingly common for estate planning attorneys to have clients who weren’t born in the United States or who own property outside of the United States. How do we meet the needs of these clients? The threshold question is the citizenship of the individual. Is the client a citizen of the United States (whether or not they … [Read more...] about Planning for the International Client
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. Estate planning attorneys and others in the wealth management community have known since mid-December that the amount clients can pass without taxation is now, temporarily, doubled. The new tax law doubled the exclusion until the end of 2025. On January 1, 2026, the exclusion reverts to $5 million (adjusted for inflation from 2011). Each year we get inflation … [Read more...] about Treasury Releases New Inflation Adjustment
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. This is another in a series of blogs on the basics of estate planning. President Trump and Republican lawmakers recently unveiled a Blueprint for tax reform. Here’s a link to a story about this in U.S. News. Here’s a link to a deeper look at the proposal in the Atlantic. As I discussed in last week’s blog, there are many uncertainties in the plan and in the … [Read more...] about How Tax Reform Could Impact Various Families
By: Matthew M. Shafae, Attorney Litherland Law Firm Am I going to owe taxes if I inherit property? We get this question all the time. And we don’t blame you. It can get confusing. So, let’s see if we can clear up this issue. Let’s segregate the different taxes that might be owed, and then we can see if anything will be owed. Estate Tax The estate tax—or death tax, as it’s sometimes called—is a transfer tax on assets transferred from someone who died to someone who is living. The tax … [Read more...] about Am I going to owe taxes if I inherit property?
To be able to position your assets optimally, you must understand the parameters of the federal estate tax. Topics covered in this white paper include: Estate Tax Credit or Exclusion Unlimited Marital Deduction Conclusion Click here to read the whole article or download the PDF. … [Read more...] about Free Report: What is the Estate Tax Marital Deduction?
The federal estate tax currently carries a maximum rate of 40 percent, and the amount of the exclusion is $5.34 million. These parameters were supposedly made permanent when the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was enacted. Of course, nothing is truly permanent when it comes to tax laws. Each year a budget must be passed, and there are always going to be proposed changes to existing laws. With this in mind, a new budget has been proposed for 2015 by the White House. Provisions contained … [Read more...] about Proposed 2015 Budget Would Change Estate Tax Parameters