The GRAT: A limited time offer?
Abstract: The grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) has long been a popular tool for transferring wealth while minimizing or even eliminating gift and estate taxes. GRATs are particularly effective when interest rates are low, as they are now. But Congress may soon reduce their firepower, so now may be the time to include one or more GRATs as part of an estate planning arsenal. This article explains how GRATs work and notes proposed tax changes that would limit their benefits. A sidebar offers an example of a GRAT in action.