Due to current federal and Washington state gift and estate tax laws, along with uncertainty with respect to future changes in these tax rules, this year represents a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many Washington families to reduce their taxable estate and pass on more of their assets to their beneficiaries. If you are a Washington …
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I am often asked about the taxes that could be levied on an estate by the IRS. While the federal estate tax can be significant for those with very large estates, changes to the law at the end of 2010 exempted nearly all estates from such taxes as well as allowing spouses to give their …
A Credit Shelter Trust is an Estate Planning tool used by married couples specifically for the purpose of reducing estate taxes (or “death taxes”) due upon the death of the second spouse. The Credit Shelter Trust operates much the same way as a Disclaimer Trust by using the federal and state exemption amounts of the …
The examples provided below are a follow up to a previous post regarding the current estate tax laws applicable to Washington State residents. The previous post can be found here. I have prepared the following hypotheticals to illustrate the importance of an Estate Plan incorporating specific provisions regarding Washington State taxes.