Using the GST tax exemption to build a dynasty
Abstract: Those wishing to preserve their wealth for generations to come will need to leverage their generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption. To ensure that the exemption goes as far as possible, it’s important to allocate it wisely. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 made permanent several GST tax-related provisions, including the automatic allocation rules. Understanding these rules — and when to opt out — can help focus the exemption where it will do the most good. This article shows that, with careful planning, it’s possible to create a “dynasty trust” — a trust that continues for several generations.