Estate planning pitfall – You haven’t planned for GST tax traps
Abstract: The federal generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax is a flat tax, in addition to the estate tax, imposed at the highest marginal estate tax rate. It applies to certain transfers to “skip persons,” which include grandchildren and other family members who are two or more generations below the transferor. The GST tax applies to direct gifts to skip persons as well as to certain trust distributions. This short article explains GST tax traps to avoid.