Estate Tax Law – Vital Facts You Must Know

Losing someone almost always entail that they leave something behind. Specifically speaking we could gain inheritance when the situation happens. When we do it is important to be well oriented with the matters concerning the inheritance. Estate law taxes usually covers matters on inheritance. Currently estate tax laws are being subjected to different changes and are even facing a phase out. So it is important that you become well aware of the changes in case you would have to inherit something in the future. Some of the things that you should be reminded of are as follows:


Firstly spouses supposedly don’t pay estate taxes. Reviewing the estate tax law, when a husband or wife dies, the spouse would not pay any estate tax considering the amount that they would be receiving upon the death.

Since estate law taxes are now facing a phase out, the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001 was created to return more money to the taxpayers and relieve them of some taxes including estate taxes. This act suggests that estates that you inherit which is less $2,000,000 would not be subjected to estate taxes. If you inherit an estate in the years 2006, 2007 or 2008 and your estates don’t amount to more then $2,000,000 you would not be subjected to pay any estate taxes. However come 2009, they would lift the base up to $3,500,000 and in 2010 it is suggested that estate law taxes would be removed. Upon the act of the congress, estate law taxes could return and would give exemption up to $1,000,000 only.

Anther concern with estate law taxes is gift taxes. These taxes are a bit complicated and would suggest that you get an attorney to help you with the case. Since many relatives try to avoid their relatives to get to pay estate taxes, many of then try to donate their money before their death. However, when the money is turned over before death, there are chances it might still fall under the gift tax law. Legally speaking, a person is only permitted to receive $12,000 a year from one source before they subjected under to pay taxes. In a lifetime, a person is allowed to give out only $1,000,000 before being subjected to pay taxes. It would really pay to consult to a professional so as to prevent confusion over the matter.

Another misconception that ought to be discussed regarding estate taxes is life insurance plans. Generally it is stated in the tax law that receiving life insurances would not put you under estate tax laws. However, any interest a person receives through the insurance plan is subjected under the tax law.

Source by Abhishek Agarwal

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