Decoding Tax Reform- Interim Update – Where We Are Now

Topics: Estate planning, Estate tax, GST, Passthrough taxation, Tax reform

Last week, the tax reform effort took major steps forward, as the House passed its version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“House Bill”) and the Senate Finance Committee passed its legislative mark-up (“Senate Bill”). Yet, the Bills differ in several key areas, including: (1) estate and GST taxes, (2) the state and local…

It Can Really Last Forever: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts & the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax – 4 Things to Know

Topics: Estate planning, GST, Irrevocable trusts, Trusts

The GST tax generally applies to transfers to irrevocable life insurance trusts (“ILITs”) that benefit both “skip persons” (e.g., grandchildren and more remote descendants) and non-skip persons (e.g., children). The annual GST tax exclusion and GST tax exemption are available to apply to ILITs, but the rules regarding their application are complex.