Possibly The Best Way to Pass Assets On To Your Children or Other Loved Ones: GST Planning – Part Two

In our last newsletter, we introduced the concept of “GST planning,” which is, in essence, estate planning using the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax exemption in conjunction with long-term trusts to provide great benefits for the intended beneficiaries of a gift or inheritance. Last month’s newsletter article discussed the GST planning option, along with its incredible potential benefits and flexibility. We focused on trying to explain what GST planning is and what it can offer. In this issue we’ve focused on things you should keep in mind and consider when you decide to include GST planning in your own estate plan. read more...

2011 & 2012: The Golden Gifting Years

As you should now know, The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) became law December 17, 2010, and made a number of changes to the federal wealth transfer tax laws.  The federal wealth transfer taxes are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) [...]

To What Extent Should You Rely On Temporary Wealth Transfer Tax Changes Made By the 2010 Tax Act?

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. Among the 2010 Tax Act’s many provisions were a number of items relating to the federal wealth transfer taxes, which are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the [...]

Year End Planning Opportunities

As noted in the News Alert we sent out on December 20, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (“2010 Tax Act”) is now the law of the land, after having been signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, December 17, 2010.  What does the 2010 Tax Act mean [...]

The Time to Act is Now For Incredible Tax Planning Opportunities

What do you get when you mix low business, real estate, and other asset values with historically low interest rates and a historically low gift tax rate? Incredible tax planning opportunities! The economic turmoil which surrounds us today has caused many people to freeze, afraid to make changes to their assets. However, this same economic [...]

Converting a Regular IRA to a Roth IRA

Converting your investments in traditional IRAs to a Roth IRA during 2010 can be an important planning opportunity for many clients. This conversion allows you to move from a tax deferred environment into a tax free environment. While this opportunity is normally open to those with income below a certain cap amount, beginning in 2010 [...]