The coming election and possible change in control of the presidency and Senate is causing concern for many high net worth taxpayers who were assuming that the $10,580,000 estate tax exemption, discount planning, and other techniques were permanent, notwithstanding the law which provides for the exemption to be reduced by half on January 1, 2026. While very unlikely, it is possible that the exemption could be reduced as early as January 1, 2021, if such a law is passed during the calendar year 2021. If such a reduction may occur taxpayers will be well-advised to be able to gift large amounts without necessarily having to transfer their present specific assets. Instead, assets can be sold to an irrevocable trust in exchange for a note that might be gifted or forgiven. There is time to value assets, establish holding companies, sell interests to irrevocable trusts for notes, and otherwise fine-tune a client’s estate plan before the November election so that acting after the November election can be easier and have better results.
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Alan S. Gassman, J.D., LL.M., is a board-certified estate planning and trust lawyer who practices in Clearwater, Florida. He has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida and practices in trust and estate planning, tax, wealth preservation, and the representation of physicians and medical practices.
Mr. Gassman speaks at many tax conferences, national programs, and national and local webinars, including Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, and at many other conferences and webinars.
Our firm was formed in 1987 with one lawyer and a shared secretary and receptionist to provide representation to professionals, business owners and retirees in their estate and related tax and personal planning, business and corporate needs.
Since then we have grown to 6 lawyers and over 20 staff, which we have found over the past two decades to be the best size for us. We are very proud of our team, our systems, and our dedication to providing the best and most appropriate legal services for all clients, whether big or small. Our lawyers meet together almost every morning to discuss and work together on cases, strategies and practice improvement projects in order to work the most efficiently and effectively for our clients. We like what we do and enjoy working together.