There are several tools in the “trust toolbox” of estate planning. Each one does a certain job, so it’s a matter of finding the right one for your needs. And in the present low interest environment, there are especially good trust tools for estate tax planning.
This was the subject of a recent Fox Business article titled “Shielding Your Assets From Estate Taxes.”
The two trusts that seem to benefit the most from a low interest environment are GRATs, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, and QPRTs, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts. I will be following up later this week about GRATs but for today’s topic – QPRTs can leverage the transfer of your home.
The problem with planning for the family homestead is a very practical one. Likely, you are living there and would like to continue doing so for as long as you can. On the other hand, you do not want to subject your home to probate or estate taxation.
Properly structured, a QPRT can allow you to live in the home while simultaneously giving it away by holding it in the trust. While there are more than a few tax advantages to this, this ability to preserve the home and transfer it is always key.
All that noted, the favorable interest rates and political winds may be about to shift on QPRTs and GRATs. Consequently, do not procrastinate or the window of opportunity may close.
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Reference: Fox Business (July 29, 2013) “Shielding Your Assets From Estate Taxes”