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2012 Estate Planning Update (January 2012)

Here is a 2012 update on important numbers used in Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning in Hawaii.

How much money and property can a person have at death without paying estate taxes?

Under a temporary federal law, $5,000,000 is tax free this year. From January 1, 2013, only $1,000,000 will be tax free.  There is a bill in Congress, introduced on November 17, 2011, called the “Sensible Estate Tax Act of 2011,” which proposes to reduce the exemption to $1,000,000 immediately. You can track this

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New Law: Transfer on Death Deed (October 2011)

NEW LAW:  TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED

Hawaii has a new law which allows real estate to go to a beneficiary when the owner dies, without having to go to court for probate. This new procedure requires a new kind of deed, called a “Transfer on Death Deed.” Governor Abercrombie signed Act 173, which creates this new law, on June 27, 2011. The law became effective on July 1, 2011. The law is called the Uniform Real Property Transfers on Death Act.

Let me explain how the law in Hawaii works for anyone

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Estate Planning Update (April 2011)

2011 ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE

By

Sanford K. Okura

Here is a 2011 update on important numbers used in Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning in Hawaii.

How much money and property can a person have at death without paying estate taxes?

Under a temporary federal law, $5,000,000 is tax free this year and next year.  From 2013, only $1,000,000 will be tax-free. The amount will probably be changed again in the next year or two.  There is now also a Hawaii Estate Tax.  The State Tax Department is saying

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An Unusual Year for Tax Law (February 2010)

2010 – AN UNUSUAL YEAR FOR TAX LAW

There is no federal estate tax this year.  Since the State of Hawaii has no inheritance tax, Hawaii residents can die this year with any amount of assets and pay no death taxes at all.  This is only for the year 2010.  For someone dying in 2011 or later years, any assets not inherited by a spouse or a charitable organization will be taxed, starting at a tax rate of 41% from the first dollar over 1 million, and going up as high as 55% for amounts over 3 million

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