Tag Archives: Estate tax in the United States

The Estate Tax Benefits of Living in California


There are some people in California who would grumble about the Federal estate tax, but all California residents should be thankful that the State of California phased out its State estate tax in 2005.  Unlike California, seventeen states and the … Continue reading

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The Pitfalls of Portability


This year and next, a decedent can transfer his or her Personal Federal Estate Tax Exemption to his or her spouse.  This power to transfer, often referred to “spousal portability,” allows couples to protect a significantly larger chunk of their … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Personal Estate Tax Exemption


Since Congress once again changed the personal estate tax exemption in December of 2010, many of my clients have been confused about what portion of their estates would be subject to Federal estate tax.  Here are the basics: $5 Million … Continue reading

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