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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Opportunities Under New Estate Tax Law

Initial reports out of Capital Hill indicate that the new Estate Tax Law contained in the “Framework” agreed to by Obama and the Republicans could be a real opportunity for wealthy Americans.

According to sources on the Hill, not only will the Estate Tax Exemption Amount be $5 Million Dollars, but the Gift Tax Lifetime Exclusion Amount and the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax may also be set at $5 Million Dollars!

That would potentially provide wealthy Americans with an opportunity to transfer significant assets to second and third (and more remote) generations without the penalty of transfer taxes.

Some taxpayers may consider utilizing their lifetime gift exemptions to transfer up to $5 Million Dollars to children and grandchildren in trusts known as “Dynasty Trusts” or “Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Exempt Trusts.”

Properly structured strategies could result in beneficiaries receiving the benefits of significant wealth over many generations without any imposition of transfer taxes at each generational level.

Stay tuned for more details as the bill makes its way to the President’s desk!

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