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Now is a fantastic time to give shares of a business to family members.

According to most tax experts, now is a fantastic time to give shares of a business to family members. As you may well know (if you follow this blog) 2011 and 2012 are have unique in terms of estate and gift tax planning. As one tax attorney was quoted in a recent New York Times article, “We are in the prime transfer tax situation.” However, having said that, there’s an old saying about not letting the tax tail wag the dog. While now may be the prime opportunity, tax-wise, to give away share of the family business to the next…

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A type of trust used by the wealthy to shelter assets from estate taxes for hundreds of years, or even forever, is under fire.

As budget debates continue to escalate, yet another estate planning tool has come under fire, reports The Wall Street Journal. If you’re interested in a “Dynasty Trust” you may want to act sooner rather than later. The main objective of a Dynasty Trust is to continue for as long as possible, benefiting several succeeding generations. Usually, beneficiaries are allowed access to income only, so the trust’s principal assets remain intact to provide an income stream for future generations. Dynasty trusts have become increasingly popular since the 1986 tax overhaul and the current version of the “generation-skipping tax.” (GST). The GST…

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Lifetime gifting has always been an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.

As the old saying goes, “If you’re giving while you’re living, then you’re knowing where it’s going.” But the new tax legislation passed in December makes gifting even more attractive for wealthy families. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “The $5 Million Tax Break,” points out why lifetime gifting is suddenly so attractive under the new laws. It’s a good article, worth reading, but here are the high points, in a nut-shell: For the next two years, the gift-tax exemption jumps to $5 million from $1 million for individuals, and to $10 million (up from $2 million) for…

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The new tax bill contains a little-known loophole that, if you act quickly, could save a big tax bite for those who want to make substantial gifts to grandchildren.

The new tax bill contains a little-known loophole that, if you act quickly, could save a big tax bite for those who want to make substantial gifts to grandchildren. The Generation Skipping Tax (GST), in place since 1986, is a second layer of tax applied to gifts that “skip” a generation – for example, gifts made to grandchildren if the parents are still alive. The loophole in the new tax bill not only confirms a 0% GST for all of 2010 (making the law more clear) but widens that loop hole substantially, albeit temporarily, through the end of this year,…

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