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What the New Trump Tax Law Means for Your Estate Plan

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
April 02, 2018 Category: New Tax Law, Estate Planning, 529 Plans, Charitable Giving

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed and was signed into law late last year, it was the most sweeping overhaul to the tax code in more than 30 years. While there are many estate planning strategies that have remained in place, this also opened the door to new opportunities, and so it may be wise to revisit your estate plan. Increased Limits on the Estate Tax The Tax Cut and Jobs Act temporarily doubles the exemption amount for estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes from the $5 million base, set in 2011, to a new $10 million base, good for tax years 2018 through 2025. The exemption is indexed for inflation, so an individual can shelter $11.2 million in assets from these taxes. Another federal estate law provision called portability lets couples who do proper planning double that exemption. So, a couple could exclude $22.4 million for 2018. The law’s sunset provision means that, absent further Congressional action, the exemption amount would revert to the $5 million base, indexed. 529 Plans Under previous regulations, 529 withdrawals were tax-free as long as the funds were spent toward qualified higher education expenses, which included tuition, room and board, and computer software and equipment at any eligible post-secondary institution. With the new tax act, parents who send their children to private elementary and high school will have more options when it comes to saving for tuition. The new tax plan allows 529 plans to be used for up to $10,000 pe

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