Estate Tax Planning in 2021: Uncertainty Abounds but Options Still Exist


While the gift and estate tax exemption is scheduled to drop to approximately one-half the current amount of $11.7 million on January 1, 2026, there are tax proposals in play that could change the estate and gift tax laws much sooner. Uncertainty abounds, but planning options still exist through various trust instruments, including gifting to the next generation in trust and implementation of a SLAT—spousal lifetime access trust.

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