Estate Tax Planning

In property planning and management, estate tax may be an additional financial burden imposed on a property transfer. Most Virginia residents, or those who have a smaller amount of assets, do not need to file an estate tax return.

As of 2017, a filing is only necessary for estates with combined gross assets and prior taxable gifts exceeding $5,490,000. Should the estate exceed that amount, all property and assets will be accounted for and given a fair market value, which totals the gross estate.

After deductions, which may include debt, estate expenses, and property that passes to a spouse or charity, you will arrive at the taxable estate amount. Though probate will likely be necessary, there are several steps that you may take to minimize your estate tax while you are still living.

Depending on your specific circumstances, we may advise one or several of the following:
  • Making annual gifts that fall under the threshold of taxable giving by the IRS
  • Creating a joint title on property to provide for easier transfer of ownership
  • Gifting an asset to freeze its value and reduce the amount of taxes paid after you die
  • Forming a family LLC to transfer ownership of an asset to multiple parties
  • Using a trust to transfer ownership and avoid probate

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