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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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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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Take Advantage of the New Gift Tax Law (February 2011)

The new tax law gives us a wonderful opportunity to protect assets from nursing home costs and also from taxes.  It makes temporary changes to the federal tax laws.  It allows you to give away during your lifetime up to $5 million of assets without any gift tax.  From January 1, 2013, there will be an estate tax if you die with more than $1 million, and there will be a gift tax if you give away more than $1 million.  The tax rate starts at 41% from the first dollar above $1 million, and goes

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