Your CPA can help you determine the value of your estate and figure out how to reduce the tax liability. For example, you can reduce the overall size of your estate by spending some of that hard-earned money beforehand. You probably have already chosen whom you want to leave your assets to after you die. If you can afford it, give some gifts now. Enjoy seeing the results and appreciation of your gifted assets. Federal law lets you give $14,000.00 a year ($28,000.00 if you are married) to as many people as you wish tax-free.
You can also remove the value of your life insurance from your estate by transferring ownership of the policy to an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust. This can reduce or even eliminate estate taxes, so more of your estate can go to your loved ones. The benefits will not be included in your estate as long as you live 3 years after the transfer of the existing policy.
You can also convert stocks and investment real estate into a Charitable Remainder Trust. This is beneficial as you get an immediate charitable income tax deduction and it removes their financial value from your estate.
There are many options when it comes to estate planning. All of which your attorney and accountant can assist you with. The best benefit is peace of mind.
Wanda Talley Schebel CPA, has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses throughout Central Florida for over 25 Years. Her expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth financial planning for clients of all incomes. She has represented many clients before the IRS. Wanda has taught the IRS VITA classes and holds seminars on business management and budgeting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Florida and Louisiana.