Family businesses would be wise to consider IRC Section 6166
Abstract: It’s true that because of the current record-high gift and estate tax exemption amount, most families don’t have to worry about transfer taxes. However, there are high net worth individuals who must continue to work to reduce their estate tax liability. In fact, these taxes continue to place a burden on families with significant amounts of wealth tied up in illiquid closely held businesses. This article explores the ways Internal Revenue Code Section 6166 can provide relief by allowing the estates of family business owners to defer estate taxes and pay them in installments if certain requirements are met.