J.M. Coppieters: Trust Planning and the Washington State Capital Gains Tax (June 15, 2021)

J.M. Coppieters, of Scarff Law Firm PLLC, has made available for download his article, “Trust Planning and the Washington State Capital Gains Tax”, published in the Seattle University Law Review, forthcoming. The abstract is as follows:

On April 25, 2021, the Washington State Legislature enacted a new state capital gains tax. Before now, Washington state has been one of the few states that does not impose a tax on either income or capital gains. Because of limitations imposed by the Washington State Constitution, the legislature has been forced to characterize the tax as an excise tax, rather than treat it as an income tax as would the federal government and every other state. Based on the statute’s structure and its presentation as an excise tax, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the legislature appears to have excluded both the trustees and beneficiaries of non-grantor trusts from being subject to the tax. This Article reviews the difference between grantor and non-grantor trusts, examines the apparent discrepancy between the two under the statute, and explores tax strategies planners and clients might consider pursuing in the wake of the new tax.

To see the full article, click: “Trust Planning and the Washington State Capital Gains Tax” by J.M. Coppieters

Posted by Marin Larkin, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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