In calendar year 2020, the exclusion amount for a single individual has increased to $11.58 million from the 2019 exclusion amount of $11.4 million. With proper planning or the use of portability, a married couple has a combined exclusion of $23.16 million. The Federal estate and gift tax rate will remain unchanged at 40%, and the annual exclusion amount, which allows taxpayers to make annual gifts of a present interest, remains at $15,000 per taxpayer per beneficiary.
Additionally, the IRS issued proposed regulations clarifying that taxpayers who take advantage of the current exclusion rates will not be adversely impacted when the higher exclusion amounts are scheduled to sunset in 2026. At that time, the exclusion is scheduled to revert back to $5 million, as indexed for inflation. In other words, the IRS has indicated there will be no “clawback” of exclusion.
The IRS proposed regulations make clear that individuals should consider taking advantage now of lifetime gifting strategies to lessen, or even eliminate, their future Federal estate tax liability.
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