Is now a good time for a QPRT?
Abstract: A qualified personal residence trust (QPRT) allows the transfer of a home to children or other family members at a deeply discounted value for gift tax purposes, while allowing the donor the right to live in the home for a set number of years. QPRTs, unlike many estate planning techniques, are generally most effective when interest rates are high. Although interest rates have been low in recent months, the timing may still be right for a QPRT because real estate values are depressed. But it depends on the current value of a home and the current IRS Sec. 7520 rate, as well as the donor’s life expectancy.