5M Estate Tax Exemption? But what about Stepped Up Basis?

It has been widely reported that the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts is being recommended by Obama in addition to agreeing to a new estate tax of 35% on assets in excess of 5 Million dollars but no one is reporting on what will happen with the loss of stepped up basis. For many Americans the loss of stepped up basis could cost more than if there was a lower estate tax exemption.

The bill is reported to be submitted to congress today so we should know soon what we are dealing with. Either way it will cause many American families to have to revisit their estate planning and life insurance needs over the next few months.

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