Estate Administration

Federal Estate Tax Portability

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Historically in America, each citizen and permanent resident had a certain amount of assets that they could pass on to their heirs free of an estate tax. This amount is known as the federal estate tax exemption. In 2010, the government passed a law allowing for federal estate tax portability. Federal estate tax portability enabled […]

Qualified Domestic Trust (QDOT)

What is a QDOT?

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QDOTs

A QDOT (Qualified Domestic Trust) is a trust for the benefit of a surviving non-citizen spouse that defers the federal estate tax following the death of the first spouse. A Qualified Domestic Trust defers the federal estate tax because it qualifies for the unlimited marital deduction. A QDOT usually defers the federal estate tax until […]

Estate Planning

Basics of Life Insurance Trusts

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Trusts can be a wonderful tool for tax planning. If your death is likely to cause an estate tax or an inheritance tax, you should understand the basics of life insurance trusts. An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is one the most common form of trusts and is the base for many other trusts such […]

Tax Planning

Inflation Updates for 2021

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Inflation Updates for 2011

Every year the Internal Revenue Service publishes a list of inflation adjustments. You can find them on the IRS website in Revenue Procedure 2020-45. Here are the important inflation updates for 2021 that relate to Gift and Estate Taxes and others that are just useful: Federal Estate & Gift Tax Inflation Updates for 2021 2021 […]

Tax Planning

2020 Tax Updates

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The IRS has recently announced many 2020 Tax Updates. The inflation adjustment announcement can be found in Revenue Procedure 2019-44. This includes increases to the federal estate and gift tax exemption limits and increases to the contribution limits to retirement plans. The 2020 Tax Update also increases the income threshold for a small business to […]

Federal Estate Tax

2016 Federal Estate Tax Exemption Amount

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2016 Federal Estate Tax Exemption Amount

The IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2015-53, announcing the inflation adjustments to many tax provisions.  Of note, the unified credit against the federal estate tax for Calendar Year 2016 is $5,450,000.  This is up from $5,430,000 in 2015. The annual gift tax exclusion of $14,000 per person/per donee remains the same.  However, the annual gift […]