There are many factors which enter into your decision of where to live or retire. You may want to move to be closer to your grandchildren. You may want to be in the climate you prefer. One of the factors to include in your decision is taxation. As long as you live in the United States, you will be subject to federal estate taxation. In fact, even if you live overseas, if you are a U.S. Citizen or green card holder, you’ll be subject to federal estate taxes. But, if you die in 2020, you wouldn’t … [Read more...] about Best Places to Retire: State Estate Tax
State Estate Tax
What if you could give your children assets in a trust and they could use them and yet they’d avoid estate taxation at their death? That’s what a “Generation-Skipping Transfer” Trust, or “GST” trust does. It is a trust which is designed to avoid estate taxation at the death of the beneficiary. During the life of the beneficiary, the assets in the trust are used for their health, education, maintenance, and support. After the beneficiary’s death, the assets go to their own children. The … [Read more...] about What is a GST Trust?
The federal estate and gift tax exclusion is set “permanently” to $5 million, adjusted for inflation. However, if you die between now and the end of 2025, the exclusion is doubled to $10 million, adjusted for inflation. Its inflation adjusted to $11.4 million in 2019. But, the federal estate and gift tax is the same regardless of where you live when you die. You could die in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas, and the federal estate tax bill would be the same. However, about 1/3 of the states … [Read more...] about When and Where You Die Matters