Wealthy folks looking to transfer assets to younger generations in tax-advantaged ways should act now, as the Obama administration is seeking to limit several favorite techniques of estate planning attorneys. On the chopping block are the most commons uses of IDGTs (Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts), GRATs (Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts), and discounts for gifts of interests in FLPs (Family Limited Partnerships) and FLLCs (Family Limited Liability Companies). Tax-free Dynasty Trusts would also be a thing of the past. This Forbes article from Deborah Jacobs provides a good overview of the proposals.
Some may argue that the passage of some or all of the proposed revenue boosting laws is unlikely, but I'm advising my clients to act now before it's too late.
Herman-Giddens, JD, LLM, TEP, CFP, Attorney at Law (NC, FL, TN),
Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law (NC). North
Carolina Registered Guardian, Solicitor, England and Wales. Follow
his blog, North Carolina Estate
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