Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. has made available for download their article, “How an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Can Be Used to Avoid or Reduce the Estate Tax,” published in JDSUPRA. The abstract is as follows:
With the federal estate tax exemption possibly about to be lowered, it may be time to think about steps you can take to keep your estate from being taxed. An irrevocable life insurance trust allows you to pass on money to your heirs while avoiding both the federal estate tax, as well as any applicable state estate tax.
Senate Democrats have proposed lowering the current estate tax exemption from $11.7 million for individuals and $23.4 million for couples to $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million for couples. While it is unclear if this proposal will pass, it is likely that some change to the estate tax is coming. Even if Congress does not take any action, the current rate will sunset in 2026 and essentially be cut in half, to about $6 million per individual.
Posted by Bella Hoang, Managing Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.