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Estate Tax Savings – Inflation’s Golden Lining?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The inflation rate in the United States hit 8.2 percent year over year in the month of September meaning it is at a multi-decade high, according to NBC News. The spike in inflation has caused pain for many Americans due to the increase in food prices, housing prices, and medical care. However, there may be a golden lining to the ever-increasing inflation rate - reduced estate taxes. Reports indicate inflation could actually help save high-net-worth individuals close to $700,000 by reducing the estate tax bill that’s imposed on their assets when they pass on. How Inflation Impacts Estate Taxes Many people do...

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Info You Need to Know – Estate Taxes Levied at Both the State and Federal Level

I recently published a blog discussing the potential modifications to the federal estate tax and the push to have the federal estate tax exemption revert to "historic norms." It appears some states may be targeting their own estate tax exemptions in an effort to raise additional revenue. For example, the D.C. Council approved the Budget Support Act of 2020 containing a number of significant tax changes, including a change to the D.C. estate tax exemption. Specifically, when someone passes away in D.C. on or after December 31, 2020, their estate would be exempt from the D.C. estate tax up to $4 million. This is...

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Estate Tax Exemption May Be Modified Post-Election

Former Vice President Joe Biden released a 110-page economic plan that included significant modifications to the estate tax exemption, in addition to other tax policies that could impact your estate. Modifying the Estate Tax Exemption Biden’s economic plan would seek to return the estate tax exemption to "historical norms." This is a nuanced way of saying that the estate tax exemption should be reduced back to close to $5 million, rather than where the exemption is currently set at closer to $12 million. The tax reform legislation that was passed recently included a doubling of the estate tax exemption. Specifically, the estate tax...

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Estate Tax May Survive Federal Tax Reform

Congress is in the midst of debating tax reform which features an attempt to possibly repeal the federal estate tax (also referred to as the "death tax"). This tax typically effects high value estates that can result in a whopping 40 percent estate tax. In fact, the 40 percent estate tax affects approximately 0.2 percent of estates in America. That translates to 5,460 estates in 2017, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Institute. Though, there are sizable exemptions to the estate tax under current law. For example, in 2017, the estate tax exemption is $5.49 million per individual. This means an...

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Multiple States Reducing Estate Tax Threat for Families and Businesses

Since 2014, approximately nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes. This was accomplished primarily by modifying and increasing specific exemptions thereby reducing the number of households that could be hit with a large estate tax bill. For example, Maryland is planning to raise its current $3 million estate tax exemption to $4 million in 2018. The District of Columbia is ahead of the game. In 2014, D.C. passed a major tax reform deal that included increasing its estate tax exemption amount from $1 million to $2 million at the start of 2017 and to ultimately match the generous federal...

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