Wealth Transfer Rules Expiring December 31st

Clients and advisors alike are wondering what will happen to the favorable tax rates that are set to expire at the end of this year. One consideration within this broader discussion involves the expected changes to wealth transfer rules. If Congress doesn’t act in the next few months, transfer tax rates will revert back to 55% and the lifetime exclusion for an individual will move from $5.12M down to $1M for individuals and $10.24 down to $2M for couples. That poses a big potential estate planning blunder just down the road, one which can be avoided with some basic planning.

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