When to elect the alternate valuation date
Abstract: Because of the fluctuation in the value of assets, specifically stocks, federal tax laws provide relief to taxable estates that may be negatively affected by fluctuating market conditions. Instead of using the value of assets on the date of death for estate tax purposes, an executor may elect an “alternate valuation” date of six months after the date of death. This election could effectively lower an estate’s federal estate tax bill. The article explains the ins and outs of electing to use an alternate valuation date.