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How incomplete nongrantor trusts can help avoid state income taxes

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

With the federal gift and estate tax exemption at $11.40 million for 2019, people whose estates are below the exemption amount are shifting their focus to income tax reduction. High-income taxpayers — particularly those who live in high-income-tax states — may want to consider incomplete nongrantor trusts, which make it possible to eliminate state taxes… Read More »

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Consider an intrafamily loan to cover estate taxes

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Sometimes estates that are large enough for estate taxes to be a concern are asset rich but cash poor, without the liquidity needed to pay those taxes. An intrafamily loan is one option. While a life insurance policy can be used to cover taxes and other estate expenses, a benefit of using an intrafamily… Read More »

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20181012

Turn down an inheritance using a qualified disclaimer

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

If you are about to receive an inheritance from a family member, you can use a qualified disclaimer to refuse the bequest. The assets will then bypass your estate and go directly to the next beneficiary in line. It’s as if the successor beneficiary, not you, had been named as the beneficiary in the… Read More »

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20180830

3 reasons you should continue making lifetime gifts

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Now that the gift and estate tax exemption has reached a record high of $11.18 million (for 2018), it may seem that gifting assets to loved ones is less important than it was in previous years. However, lifetime gifts continue to provide significant benefits, whether your estate is taxable or not. Let’s examine three reasons… Read More »

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20180816

Addressing long-term care costs with a tax-qualified LTC insurance policy

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

No matter how diligently you prepare, your estate plan can quickly be derailed if you or a loved one requires long-term home health care or an extended stay at a nursing home or assisted living facility. The annual cost of long-term care (LTC) can reach as high as six figures, and this expense isn’t… Read More »

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Double duty giving with charitable gift annuities

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

If you’re charitably inclined, you may wish to consider a charitable gift annuity. It can combine the benefits of an immediate income tax deduction and a lifetime income stream. Furthermore, it allows you to support a favorite charity and reduce the size of your future taxable estate. What is it? A charitable gift annuity… Read More »

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20180705

Basis consistency rules may come into play if you’re administering an estate or inheriting property

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

When it comes to tax law changes and estate planning, the substantial increases to the gift and estate tax exemptions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are getting the most attention these days. But a tax law change enacted in 2015 also warrants your attention. That change generally prohibits the income tax basis… Read More »

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20180621

A SLAT offers estate planning benefits and acts as a financial backup plan

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

The most effective estate planning strategies often involve the use of irrevocable trusts. But what if you’re uncomfortable placing your assets beyond your control? What happens if your financial fortunes take a turn for the worse after you’ve irrevocably transferred a sizable portion of your wealth? If your marriage is strong, a spousal lifetime… Read More »

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20180607

The pros and cons of a SCIN

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

Many estate planning techniques are intended to minimize or even eliminate gift and estate taxes when transferring assets to family members. Sometimes, the most powerful techniques also have a significant drawback: mortality risk. For example, you may have to outlive the term of a trust to realize its tax benefits. A self-canceling installment note… Read More »

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Naming a minor as beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan can lead to unintended outcomes

By Legacy Protection, LLP |

A common estate planning mistake is to designate a minor as beneficiary — or contingent beneficiary — of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. While making your young child the beneficiary of such assets may seem like an excellent way to provide for him or her in the case of your untimely death,… Read More »

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