New GRAT Rules for 2011

Senate passes the House proposed extension to the time requirement of 10 years for Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT’s). This extension is to amend section 2702 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Along with that change, comes the mandate that a GRAT’s fixed amount cannot “decrease relative to any prior year” during the first 10 years of the required annuity time period. The third mandate is a GRAT has to have a value greater than zero “at the time of transfer” in order to be valid.

Even though setting up this type of trust may be more risky and more difficult, it may still be a great option for your specific needs. A person wanting to pursue this avenue can still get the benefit of donating large sums of assets to the trust without paying a gift tax on those assets. You should discuss and compare the potential positives and negatives of setting up a GRAT with a Jacksonville, Florida Estate Planning attorney who knows the in’s and out’s of Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts.

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