Estate and Gift Planning Update - November 2010

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Two quick updates as we head into December and the last month of the 2010 Estate Tax Repeal.

In 2010, the annual gift tax exclusion permits a taxpayer to gift $13,000 to any beneficiary, annually, even if the taxpayer has used up his or her $1 million lifetime gift exclusion. The 1997 Tax Reform Act tied the annual exclusion amount to increases in the CPI Index, and as a result, the annual exclusion has increased from $10,000 in 1997 to $13,000 currently. Due to a lack of significant inflation in 2010, the maximum gift tax annual exclusion in 2011 will remain at $13,000. This should also serve as a reminder that there is approximately one month left to take advantage of your 2010 annual exclusion gifts.

Please see full update below for more information.

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Published In: Tax Updates, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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