What Kind of Trust Can We Set up to Take Care of Our Special Needs Child?

A. You can create a special needs trust. For example, a couple whose child has severe autism might want a special needs trust because they’re worried about how the child will survive after the parents’ deaths. Reasons a trust is beneficial: Many people depend on government benefits, such as Social Security, Medicaid, rehabilitative care and transportation[ … ]

Can I Use a Qualified Residence Trust for a Vacation Home?

Yes. Many people with second homes want them to stay in the family but also want to limit estate and gift taxes upon their transfer. One way to achieve this might be to create a qualified personal residence trust (QPRT). How Is the Property Valued? The gift’s value is determined by calculating the home’s present[ … ]

Softening the Blow of Higher Taxes on Trust Income

This year, trusts are subject to the 39.6% ordinary-income rate and the 20% capital gains rate to the extent their taxable income exceeds $12,150. And the 3.8% net investment income tax applies to undistributed net investment income to the extent that a trust’s adjusted gross income exceeds $12,150. Three strategies can help you soften the[ … ]