and Gift Planning
planning can save thousands of dollars!
take it with you, but failing to plan for your estate can mean that
the government, rather than your heirs, may get the major portion of
your hard-earned money.
be surprised what your estate is worth. Add up the value of all your
assets. Don't forget life insurance which may fall into your estate.
If your total value exceeds the exemption amount, you should look into
what a few simple planning techniques can save your family at estate
addition, there are some very effective estate planning ideas that can
also cut your current income tax bill.
here to use an estate planning calculator to help you determine
what your estate is worth.
Current tax law allows you to give away a certain amount each year to as many recipients as you choose with no gift tax consequences. Your spouse may join in this annual gifting even if he or she is not an owner in the transferred asset. This means that you could transfer double the exempt amount each year to each of your heirs. To double the annual exclusion yet again, you may want to include spouses of your children. The person receiving the gift does not need to be related to you. These annual gifts do not reduce your estate tax exclusion.
If you have property which is not needed for your retirement, maybe
it is a candidate for transferring during your lifetime. If it is
a large income-producer, the future income will be taxed to the
new owner and not to you, plus the property will be out of your
You can generally make unlimited transfers to your spouse either
during your lifetime or through your estate. There are generally
no taxes on spousal transfers, regardless of size.
With proper planning, certain life insurance proceeds can be kept
out of your estate.
with your estate planning, contact us.
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