The IRS has not yet announced what the 2018 estate tax exemption will be. However, expert analysts think there will be some slightly good news for wealthy people.
They predict that the exemption should increase to $5.6 million for a single person and more than $11 million for married couples.
At the same time, they predict that the annual gift tax exemption should also increase to about $15,000, as Forbes reported in "Estate Tax Exemption To Top $11 Million Per Couple in 2018."
This should give wealthy people and their estate planning attorneys a little bit more flexibility, as they attempt to shrink estates to below the threshold.
While most people who might be affected by this exemption increase would prefer to see the estate tax repealed entirely, that is increasingly looking like it will not happen this year.
Congress has turned its attention to tax reform, but getting anything passed could be a long process and will likely continue into next year.
Repealing the estate tax is also controversial. If Democratic votes are needed to pass tax reform legislation, that might take the estate tax off the table.
If you have questions about your estate and how it might have an impact on the estate tax, then you should see an experienced estate planning attorney in your area.
Reference: Forbes (Sep. 15, 2017) "Estate Tax Exemption To Top $11 Million Per Couple in 2018."
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