Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Urgent: Unique GSTT Planning Opportunity Expires 12/31/10!
On December 17, 2010 the President signed the Tax
Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Tax Relief Act), extending the
Bush-era tax cuts. This new law creates a once-in-a-lifetime planning opportunity that ends at midnight, December 31, 2010.
The new law also presents additional
planning opportunities that are less immediate, but no less important. We will discuss those opportunities more generally
in the future, but we are writing today to advise you of this unique opportunity and to strongly encourage you to take advantage
of it.BackgroundGenerally, transfers (greater than $13,000
per year) to generations younger than children are subject to what is known as the generation-skipping transfer tax, an onerous
tax that equals the maximum gift or estate tax rate. The purpose of this tax, enacted in the late 1980s, is to prevent wealthy
individuals from transferring assets to younger generations for the purpose of avoiding application of the estate tax at every
2010 Tax Relief Act creates a unique opportunity to make gifts through December 31, 2010 that are
not subject to the generation-skipping transfer tax. This is because, under the new law, the tax rate is zero
for any generation-skipping transfer made in 2010. Beginning January 1, 2011, the tax rate
for these transfers will be 35%. In two short years the rate goes back to 55%.Take Advantage of the Lowest Tax Rates in DecadesI strongly encourage you to take advantage of this rare gift
from Congress and consider making transfers to generations younger than children, even if you do not yet have grandchildren.
We can help you structure these gifts so that they meet your goals and objectives, regardless of amount.
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