Watch this video about the Estate Tax Changes Under the 2010 Tax Relief Act - presented by Forefield.
Do you owe Gift Tax? Most people aren’t even aware a Gift Tax actually exists! Well, for simplistic purposes, gift tax is a tax placed on any gifts, which you have given to someone while you are still living. Even though you are allowed to give any amount b/w spouses with no gift tax affects, there is a current annual limit allowed to give to anyone else without owing gift tax. That exemption is currently set at $13,000/per person/per year.
Is your Will worthless? While a wonderfully drafted Will helps to transfer wealth and hopefully minimize inheritance tax, a Will without proper estate planning can sometimes become worthless. Beneficiary designations, ownership titles, or transfer on death provisions all have affects which could negate a wonderfully drafted Will all together.
Recently a question was asked to Barack Obama about Social Security. The President remarked: “So here’s the thing. Social Security is not in a crisis.” Hold up a minute, maybe the President has not read the Trustee’s of Social Security Annual report issued August 5th 2010. The “Social Security Act” requires the Trustees of Social Security Trust Fund to report annually on the status of the fund and make projections about the funds ability to finance promised benefits payments in the future.
What happens if you die without a Will? Well, really no one dies without a Will, because if you haven’t created one for yourself the state you live in will. Dying without a Will is known as dying “intestate”, which basically means the state at which you live at the time of death already has specified laws to determine how your assets will be divided should you NOT have a Will.