Uncertainty reigns – Estate tax repeal now a real possibility
Abstract: Both President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress support elimination of “death” taxes, so there’s a good chance a bill to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes will appear on the legislative agenda soon. But how will a repeal affect estate planning? This article discusses reasons why estate planning will remain essential and why dynasty trusts may begin to play a bigger role in planning strategies. A sidebar explains the pitfalls of using a formula clause.