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.
With the federal estate tax exemption so large, you may not be worried about estate taxes anymore. But it’s a good time to focus on saving income taxes for your heirs.
Why you still need a credit shelter trust Even though portability now allows married couples to use up both spouses’ estate tax exemptions without having to make lifetime asset transfers or set up trusts, this “easier” path isn’t necessarily the better path. For couples with large estates, making lifetime asset transfers and setting up trusts[ … ]