The Napa Valley Register has a story of how a family vineyard was hurt by not planning properly for estate and death taxes. While this has not been a major concern this year with few states having death taxes and none at the federal level, this is about to change January 1st unless there is a legislative change. The federal estate taxes are set to resume January 1, 2011 with rates as high as 55% on estates in excess of 1 million dollars.
It is important to plan for estate taxes and have the liquidity necessary to pay them or your family business could be devastated and forced to liquidate to pay the IRS. To discuss how you can plan for the higher estate taxes contact a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer to discuss your options.