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Gordon A. Schaller

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

How the New Tax Act Could Affect Your Estate Plan

President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, which has a major impact on estate planning. The new law doubled the federal exemption for estate tax, gift tax and the tax on generation-skipping transfers (GST), starting January 1, 2018; the lifetime exemption for each of these taxes is now $11.2 million per taxpayer. Married couples together […]

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

The 13.3% Solution: of DINGs, NINGs, WINGs and Other ThINGs

Download this article as a PDF: The 13.3% Solution: of DINGs, NINGs, WINGs and Other ThINGs Wealthy taxpayers have now experienced the impact of higher federal and state income tax rates for a full year.1 Many have created or would like to create trusts for their children and grandchildren, which also could be subject to extraordinarily […]

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

The “Death Knell” for Family Discounts?

Executive Summary The Obama Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 on April 10, which included several proposals affecting estate planning. These are described in the Treasury Department’s General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals (commonly referred to as “the Greenbook”). Noticeable by its absence was the perennial proposal to […]

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

"Last Chance" Estate Planning May End Soon

"Last Chance" Estate Planning May End SoonThis article was first published in the Orange County Business Journal, February 13, 2012 Much has been written about the perfect storm of estate planning: the coincidence of low values, low interest rates, valuation discounts and the $5 million ($10 million for a married couple) gift and estate tax […]

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

Volatility Can Kill Your Variable Life Policy

Volatility Can Kill Your Variable Life Policy By Gordon A. Schaller You or your spouse or parents may have purchased a life insurance policy several years ago. You always thought life insurance was a bad investment with returns of only 3-4%. However, this policy was supposed to be different – the premiums could be flexible […]