What a difference six months can make – An alternate valuation date can reduce estate tax liability
Abstract: Those who have money invested in the stock market are well aware of potential volatility. Needless to say, this volatility can affect one’s net worth. Something many might not think about is the potential effect on estate tax liability. Specifically, one’s family might unexpectedly owe estate tax on their death if it occurs before the value of stocks or other assets drops precipitously. This article details a strategy to ease estate tax liability by allowing an executor to elect to use an alternate valuation date.