If you sell one of these assets – such as vehicles, stocks, bonds, collectibles, jewelry, precious metals, or real estate – and you sell it at a gain, you’ll pay a capital gain tax rate on some of the proceeds. Capital gain rates can be just as high as regular income taxes. Therefore, it’s worth exploring every possible strategy to keep these taxes at a minimum.
One of the primary estate planning concerns for most clients is estate taxes. Indeed, for most people, the main goal of their estate plan is to reduce or eliminate Texas estate tax, if at all possible. The federal estate tax rate is 40%, however, there is an estate tax exemption available. While Texas no longer [ ] The post Answers to Your Questions about the Estate Tax appeared first on Vermillion Law Firm LLC.
This Chart Shows How the Federal Estate Exemption Has Changed Since 1997
The exemption from federal estate taxes has gradually increased over the years while the estate tax rate has gradually decreased. Here you will find a chart that shows the increases in the exemption and decreases in the tax rate from 1997 through 2015.
“Hillary Clinton Proposes 65% Top Rate for Estate Tax” blared a headline in The Wall Street Journal. Since the current top statutory tax rate on estates is 40 percent, Clinton’s proposal is nothing if not audacious. I can’t recall Barack Obama, our most left-leaning president, ever calling for a 65 percent increase in tax rates for the rich.
MOSTLY FALSE: (A critical point to understand in calculating the effects of the estate tax is that it's only levied on the portion of an estate's value over a given threshold — e.g., an inherited estate valued at $8 million would be taxed at the 45% rate, but only on the value exceeding the $7 million threshold: $1 million. The first $7 million would not be subject to the tax.)