can i open a revocable living trust for my grand daughter age 2 and I be the trustee and then my wife takes advantage of this years generation skipping tax feature ($5,000,000 allowed which may expire at the end of this year.)... she funds it with life insurance SHE owns ..... QUESTION ....will this now be counted as a gift and out of her estate for estate tax purposes.
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1-yes you can open trust for grand daughter
2-the cash value would be considered a gift and 709 tax return must be filed.
3-you can use your lifetime exemption on 709 instead of paying tax.
4-transferring life insurance is subject to a three year look back period for estate tax purposes
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you should sit with an estate planning expert. there are several vehicles that could assist you in establishing transfers to grandchildren that you and your spouse may employ. without knowledge of the extent of your assets and the beneficiaries you wish to provide for and the amounts giving you advice could result in greater taxes not less. speak with a lawyer that understands the complexities of your assets, tax concerns and how to take advantage of generations skipping trusts, crummey trusts other estate planning tools including irrevocable insurance trusts.
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You need to see an estate planning attorney. Revocable trusts will not remove assets from a taxable estate. If you are talking about GST implications and GST trusts you must see an estates attorney who knows about this area of tax law.
As for the life insurance, an irrevocable trust needs to be drafted with certain key provisions and needs to be operated in certain ways to exclude life insurance from the taxable estate. Additionally, there is a 3 year rule involved where current life insurance is being transferred.
There are other implications that also need to be explored with an estates attorney.
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You are confusing the generation skipping transfer tax with the estate tax. It is the estate tax that has a $5,120,000 exclusion, for this year. If Congress does not do anything before then, the exclusion from estate tax will be $1,000,000 as of January 1, 2013.
If properly set up, an irrevocable life insurance trust can shelter assets from estate tax and/or provide an easier way to pay any tax that applies. This is more complicated estate planning and should only be contemplated with the advice of a skilled estate planning attorney. You should find one, because it is clear that you have significant resources and options available to you.
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