The Tulsa Estate Planning Blog reported that The 2010 Tax Relief Act creates a unique opportunity to make gifts through December 31, 2010 that are not subject to the generation-skipping transfer tax. This is because, under the new law, the tax rate is zero for any generation-skipping transfer made in 2010. Beginning January 1, 2011, the tax rate for these transfers will be 35%. In two short years the rate goes back to 55%.
Money can be taken from an existing multigenerational trust, declared subject to the 2010 GST tax, and deposited in a new trust for grandkids’ benefit, with the GST tax now pre-paid at a 0% rate.
Under the tax deal, each person’s lifetime exemption from gift, estate and GST tax will be “unified” at a hefty $5 million in 2011 and 2012.
Talk with your Florida Estate Planning Lawyer soon to see if you can take advantage of the new tax