Estate Taxes

Avoiding Uncle Sam

No matter how overtaxed you think you are during life, Uncle Sam will want to review your estate after death to ensure you don’t owe him that one final tax: the federal estate tax. Whether there will be any tax to pay depends on the size of your estate and how your estate plan works. Many states have their own separate estate and inheritance taxes that you need to be aware of. There are many well-established strategies that can be implemented to reduce or eliminate death taxes, but you must start the planning process early in order to implement many of these plans.

Your taxable estate comprises the total value of your assets including your home, other real estate, business interests, your share of joint accounts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies – minus liabilities and deductions such as funeral expenses paid out of the estate, debts owed by you at the time of death, bequests to charities, and value of the assets passed on to your U.S. citizen spouse. The taxes imposed on the taxable portion of the estate are then paid out of the estate itself before distribution to your beneficiaries.

The attorneys at Wilson Law Group are experienced in estate tax matters, and will make sure your estate plan continues to protect the interests of you and your family throughout your life and after your death.

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