How basis planning can result in significant tax savings
Abstract: A basic tenet of estate planning is to minimize gift and estate taxes. Yet with the exemption amount at $5.45 million for 2016 ($10.9 million for married couples), a vast majority of Americans won’t have to pay these taxes. For many this means that estate planning focuses on income tax planning. This article highlights one of the most valuable tax planning areas — the “stepped-up basis” rule.