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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

The Estate Tax... Again?!?

Aug 17, 2010


From Legacy Moment eNewsletter (08/13/2010)
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The estate tax is again looming on the horizon, so it’s important to recognize how an estate plan---to mitigate the estate tax---should dovetail into a comprehensive succession plan.

As the law is written, an estate in excess of $1 million will be subject to a 55% estate tax starting in 2011. Though Congress could still act to change the law, it’s doubtful they will---especially given the dire need for tax dollars.

Keep in mind the following points as you consider how to integrate an estate component in your succession plan.
  • Common, off-the-shelf, estate planning strategies will not mitigate the estate tax and maintain an operation’s integrity for the family business owner.
  • Focus first on your goals for succession, and then craft your estate plan to complement your succession solution.
  • Plan for your ownership transition and the family’s financial security first; then consider the estate tax.
  • There is no "silver bullet" to mitigate the estate tax; an effective plan will require a combination of tested tools and techniques.
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