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What can an Arkansas planner do to curb estate taxes?

On Behalf of | Oct 2, 2018 | estate planning & probate, Firm News

Most people in Arkansas and elsewhere understandably find state and federal taxation to be both complex and a constantly moving target. Few of us manage to avoid at least an occasional headache when trying to closely estimate tax-linked outcomes.

As true as that is in the realm of payroll taxes, it is equally the case with estate-linked taxation. In fact, estate taxes come with their own singular set of variables that can make confident predictions especially iffy propositions.

A recent Business Journal article emphasizes that in its comment that, “Many people don’t realize just how big a bite taxes will take out of their estate.” That piece stresses that, luckily, the fog can clear quite a bit for a planner once he or she zeroes in on the specifics with help from a seasoned estate planning professional.

A proven Little Rock planning attorney can indeed help an Arkansas planner garner clarity and come to appreciate multiple strategies that can be employed to reduce the estate tax load.

Lawful gifting is one tactic that can reduce estate assets during a planner’s lifetime and additionally reduce tax exactions on heirs down the road. Federal legislation currently allows planners to give up to $15,000 annually to loved ones without tax consequences. That can be a huge help to many individuals and couples seeking to minimize tax exactions.

Trust creation, too, can be strongly effective for shielding assets from taxes during a grantor’s lifetime, allowing for growth over that span and ultimately benefiting heirs. Trusts are notably flexible planning tools.

Although the subject of estate taxes troubles many people, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Indeed, many planners are pleasantly surprised following consultation with a proven estate administration attorney that they have myriad options for dealing effectively with taxes.

And they are buoyed from knowing that doing so will greatly benefit their loved ones.


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