By: Matthew Rak, Esq.
On March 18, 2020, the IRS announced that the Section 7520 Rate for determining the present value of an annuity is 1.2%. This historically low rate coupled with depressed asset values create an ideal environment to harvest estate and gift tax savings in an otherwise somber time. As we all take a pause from our daily routines, it is also a good time to review your existing estate plan.
One method to capture these savings is through a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT). In its most basic form, the GRAT functions as a personal annuity company. The client contributes assets to the GRAT to buy an annuity. That annuity then repays the annuity amount to the client over the annuity term, plus interest of 1.2%.
Following the end of the annuity term (usually a few years), asset appreciation exceeding 1.2% per year stays outside of the taxable estate, without making a taxable gift. For those clients who remain optimistic on the American economy, this is an excellent planning opportunity to efficiently transfer assets and manage tax.
If you have any questions about Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, or other estate planning please contact Matthew Rak. Matt is a Partner with Leech Tishman and a member of the Estates & Trusts Practice Group and Taxation and Energy Groups. He also is Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Group. Matt is based in the Pittsburgh office, and can be reached at 412.261.1600 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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