Estate Planning Uncertainty in an Election Year

Tax laws have a direct and considerable effect on your estate plan. Throughout an election year, such as this year, the fate of many tax laws is often unpredictable. Scheduling a review of your present estate plan with your estate planning attorney is an excellent way to ensure that your plan benefits from the existing tax laws and anticipates any scheduled changes.

A modification in administration might result in a change in philosophy with regard to tax laws. As the tax laws currently stand, there are a variety of them that are set to end or alter for 2013 consisting of the following:
Investments: The maximum rate for long-term capital gains could rise to 20% from 15% unless Congress acts prior to the end of the year. Stock dividends, presently taxed at an optimum of 15%, will likewise be taxed as common earnings, with a leading tax rate of 39.6%

Estate Tax Exemption: Currently at $5 million, the exemption is arranged to drop back down to $1 million next year in 2013.
Gift Tax Exemption: Likewise presently at and all time high of $5 million and set to return to $1 million in 2013.

Estate Tax and Present Tax Rates: Currently set at an optimum of 35%, both will go back to a maximum rate of 55% on January 1, 2013 absent action by Congress.
Payroll Tax Cut: Adds about $40 to the average worker’s take house pay. Congress extended the tax cut through 2012, however its future is uncertain.

Tax Rates: President Bush implemented a tax rate cut that is still in result putting the rates at 10% – 35%. If they end, private tax rates will go back to 15% – 39.6%.
Alternative Minimum Tax: The AMT was initially planned to avoid high earnings taxpayers from preventing taxes; nevertheless, it was not indexed for inflation, resulting in more taxpayers being needed to utilize the AMT over the years. A “patch” has been used by Congress each year to repair this, but the “spot” doesn’t encompass 2012 at this time. As lots of as 31 million taxpayers are anticipated to be impacted if another Spot is not forthcoming.

Tax Deductions and Credits: Many short-lived reductions and credits have actually been embraced to assist reduce the monetary tension of the recession. There is no warranty that these will be extended.