Estate Tax Exemptions

New Tax Laws Make Some Trusts' Investment Income Taxable in 2014

An article published on Bloomberg’s website BNA.com reported on recent changes to the tax laws that make some trusts’ previously-exempt net investment income taxable in 2014. According to the report, Adrienne Mikolashek, an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, stated, “Once a trust distributes net investment income to a beneficiary under the Internal…

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What Are Estate Tax Exemptions?

What is the Federal Gift Tax?

Two separate estate tax exemptions exist that could apply when leaving assets to family, a lifetime tax exemption and a generation-skipping exemption. Lifetime Tax Exemptions The exemption most typically applied is called the Lifetime Tax Exemption, where each individual has a certain amount of federal tax exemption that they can leave to their heirs, usually a…

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What Are Estate Tax Exemptions?

What is the Federal Gift Tax?

Two separate estate tax exemptions exist that could apply when leaving assets to family, a lifetime tax exemption and a generation-skipping exemption. Lifetime Tax Exemptions The exemption most typically applied is called the Lifetime Tax Exemption, where each individual has a certain amount of federal tax exemption that they can leave to their heirs, usually a…

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Indiana and Congress Just Revolutionized Estate Planning

In Spring 2013, Governor Pence signed legislation that eliminated Indiana’s inheritance tax. Earlier in 2013, the US government approved a $5.25 million federal estate exemption with “portability”. Portability means that on the first spouses’ death, the estate can file a return that transfers any unused portion of the first spouse’s exemption to the surviving spouse.…

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