Estate planning: How to make use of today’s window of opportunity
Abstract: For an auto dealer, estate planning is especially complicated, because it needs to be tied closely to both succession planning for the dealership and retirement planning for the dealer. Still, minimizing estate tax is an important objective. The good news is that recent tax law creates a significant but short-term window of opportunity to transfer a substantial portion of one’s estate to loved ones without incurring gift or estate taxes. This article shows how to maximize one’s gift tax exemption — or pursue other strategies as an alternative to outright gifts. A sidebar takes a closer look at one of these alternatives: the family limited partnership.