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Estate Tax Planning In Ohio

You have worked hard to grow your assets and wealth, and you want to leave your investments and property to your loved ones. However, you are concerned that a large portion of it will go to the government due to estate taxes. While that might be true without planning, the Jarvis Law Office can help you minimize your estate tax burden. Then, instead of losing your wealth, it will continue to grow in the next generation.

Contact our Southeast and Central Ohio estate tax planning lawyer today for a free consultation. After reviewing your case, the attorney will develop strategies to help you hold onto your assets.

Estate Tax Planning Strategies

Our Central and Southeast Ohio estate tax planning lawyer utilizes numerous strategies to reduce the tax burden. These strategies include:

  • Charitable trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Gifting
  • Re-titling assets
  • Grantor-retained annuity trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts

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While most Americans won’t be impacted by federal estate taxes, there are families who will be. Planning to prevent or minimize this loss is crucial to being able to pass wealth to future generations. If the idea of losing 40% of what you’ve accumulated makes you gut clench, then it’s time to take action.

While there are effective strategies to reduce and even eliminate having to pay nearly half of what you’ve worked for in taxes, these strategies often need time to be fully effective.

Reduce Estate Taxes With A Gifting Strategy

Your Ohio estate tax planning lawyer can help you develop a gifting strategy. First, you can gift up to the annual exclusion each year to lower your taxable estate. As of 2021, you are allowed to gift up to $15,000 per person. For instance, you can gift $15,000 worth of property to one child and $15,000 worth of cash to another without going over the annual exclusion limit. If you have a larger gift, your attorney can help you break it up over several years, so you won’t have to pay taxes on it.

Your attorney might also advise gifting to your spouse. You can gift up to $159,000 a year if your spouse isn’t a United States citizen. Otherwise, there is not a limit on tax-free gifts to spouses. While gifting to your spouse doesn’t always make sense, it is a sound legal strategy in some cases. Thus, consult with your attorney to see if it is a wise strategy for you.

Irrevocable Trusts

Irrevocable trusts are another option to remove assets from your estate. You’ll choose a trustee to manage the trust, and that person will make all of the decisions. Once the property is inside the trust, it’s no longer part of your estate and not subject to taxes. Then, when you pass away, your beneficiaries will receive the property.

If you have a great deal of wealth, an irrevocable trust might be a wise choice. Talk to an Ohio estate tax planning lawyer to go over the benefits of the trust. Then, your attorney can set one up for you if you wish.

Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts

A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust or SLAT is a type of irrevocable trust, which simply means there are certain changes you can’t make after it is created. This type of trust enables one spouse to make a gift to the other, even while both spouses are still living. This allows the couple to maximize both of their lifetime gift-tax exclusions. This is important for couple with more than $12.06 million in assets in 2022. By making a gift to the SLAT, these funds are removed from the couple’s estate and thus are no longer subject to the federal estate tax. This will help reduce the amount that would otherwise have to be paid in estate taxes when the second of them passes.

The current Federal Estate Tax rules will “sunset” in 2025. If nothing changes by then, the new Federal Estate Tax limit will drop to about $6.2 million per person or about half the current amount allowed to be passed on free from estate tax.

When Is It Time To Start Estate Tax Planning?

It’s wise to start early when it comes to estate tax planning. The federal government will review the transfers from your estate for the three years prior to your death. Then, the government can impose taxes on those assets after the fact. Thus, planning now can save your estate and loved ones a great deal of money.

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