Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 as of 7:22 PM ET
Portfolio - Estate Planning
How Soon Will States Close Their Estate Tax Loopholes?
by: Michael E. Kitces
Monday, April 30, 2012
Print
Email
Reprints
Partner Insights

The implementation of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, which both increased the Federal estate tax exemption and more importantly eliminated the state estate tax credit, started the process of "decoupling" between the Federal estate tax and various states. As the years moved forward, many states retained a $1 million estate tax exemption amount, decoupling their exemption from the Federal amount that has ultimately risen to its current $5 million level. However, the reality is that a second decoupling just occurred in 2011 - the decoupling of state estate tax exemptions from the Federal gift tax exemption. As a result, a new state estate tax planning "loophole" has opened up, creating a planning opportunity for many clients... but only until the states close the loophole.

Get access to this article and thousands more...

All Financial Planning articles are archived after 7 days. REGISTER NOW for unlimited access to all recently archived articles, as well as thousands of searchable stories. Registered Members also gain access to exclusive industry white paper downloads, web seminars, blog discussions, the iPad App, CE Exams, and conference discounts. Qualified members may also choose to receive our free monthly magazine and any of our daily or weekly e-newsletters covering the latest breaking news, opinions from industry leaders, developing trends and growth strategies.

Already Registered?

(?) What Do You Think?

What do you think of the estate tax loophole? What type of impact could closing this loophole have on your clients?

DISCUSS

Lists
2014 Summer Reading List for Advisors

Current Issue

The July Issue is now online!


TWITTER
FACEBOOK
LINKEDIN

Industry Events

August 10, 2014 |

September 9, 2014 |

September 17, 2014 |

September 20, 2014 |

September 28, 2014 |

Already a subscriber? Log in here