Estate Taxes

An important part of estate planning is protecting your family from paying a fortune in estate taxes. Our Estate Taxes articles are full of tips to help you navigate this often-confusing area.

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While December is the season of giving, it’s also the season of estate planning. That’s because December is the last month of the year to take advantage of the low gift tax rate. So while you’re planning what gifts to give, you can think about giving gifts of your estate, which can help reduce the potential estate tax burden to your family in the future. more...

Since 2001, the federal estate tax has been dwindling down to nothing. But beginning next year, the estate tax is scheduled to return—hopefully, not with a vengeance. Get the latest on the estate tax rate, Congressional action and the proposed exemption rate. Plus a little-known tip that the federal estate tax isn’t the only one you have to worry about. more...

The cost of raising a child is at an all-time high of $222,360. And a good chunk of that—16%—is education costs. One way to cover ever-growing education costs is by setting up an education trust. An education trust can pay for school and help avoid estate taxes—we tell you how. more...

Though it may seem a bit dramatic, the Federal Estate Tax—all 55% of it—is dead, at least for 2010. Learn how this can impact you and your Will or Living Trust. more...