Balancing risk and reward – A self-canceling installment note can benefit your estate plan under certain circumstances
Abstract: It can be difficult to determine how to pass assets on to loved ones at the lowest possible tax cost. One option to consider is a self-canceling installment note (SCIN). Using a SCIN involves selling a business or other assets to children or other family members (or to a trust for their benefit) in exchange for an interest-bearing installment note. The “self-canceling” feature means that a buyer’s death during the note’s term relieves him or her of any future payment obligations. A SCIN offers a variety of valuable tax benefits, but there are risks involved, as well.