The basics of basis – Basis planning can result in significant tax savings
Abstract: Because the gift and estate tax exemption is at a record high of $5.43 million for 2015, many people have shifted their focus from estate planning to income tax planning. An understanding of basis — and the benefits of the “stepped-up basis” rule — can help people identify valuable tax planning opportunities. This article discusses how basis can affect gift planning. A sidebar explains how a “reverse gift” can minimize capital gains.