Planning for year-end gifts with the gift tax annual exclusion

There have been proposals in Washington to reduce the estate and gift tax exemption amount, as well as make other changes to the estate tax laws. Making tax-free gifts by year end can reduce the size of your taxable estate and may be one way to recognize and address this potential threat.

Have you had your annual estate plan checkup?

An annual estate plan checkup is critical to the health of your estate plan. Because various exclusion, exemption and deduction amounts are adjusted for inflation, they can change from year to year, impacting your plan: 2014 2015 Lifetime gift and estate tax exemption $5.34 million $5.43 million Generation-skipping transfer tax exemption $5.34 million $5.43 million[ … ]