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Irrevocable Trusts May be the Answer to Tough Estate Planning Issues: Elder Law Attorney in Cherokee County, Georgia

The death of a loved one can create a lot of financial complexity. For families that have set up irrevocable trusts to facilitate the transfer of assets from one generation to another, the tax implications can be even more complicated. However, there are some basic rules that any heir should know if they get an inheritance from an irrevocable trust.

The Motley Fool recently published an article entitled, “Tax Consequences of an Inheritance From an Irrevocable Trust,” in which it noted that generally speaking, whether an irrevocable trust will be subject to estate tax at the death of the person who set it up will depend on the trust’s terms and how it was created.

Because an irrevocable trust is typically a separate legal entity, it’s not part of the estate of the person who created it. Its creation is usually a taxable gift that requires a gift tax return, which can have implications for eventual estate tax liability. Nonetheless, heirs receive the benefit of avoiding estate tax on the trust asset’s appreciation in value.

One caveat is life insurance trusts. If the person creating the trust retained incidents of ownership in the policy (retaining power to change beneficiaries, canceling or transferring the policy, putting the policy up as collateral for a loan, or borrowing money against the policy’s value), it will be included in the person’s estate—regardless of the irrevocable trust’s ownership. If this is the case, estate taxes may be due, and your inheritance could decrease.

The impact of income taxes also depends on the terms of the irrevocable trust. If the trust terminates at the person’s death and the trust distributes assets to the heirs, your tax basis in those assets will be that of the trust. Make sure you have detailed information from the trustee before making plans to sell those inherited assets.

But if the trust continues beyond the death of the person who created it, then some complex trust tax rules apply. There may be regular distributions that the trust makes to you which will be treated as taxable income. You’ll receive a year-end informational return that shows how much income is taxable and if it’s ordinary income, capital gains, or other specialized types of income.

Every trust is different, so get sound advice from a qualified elder law attorney. He or she will guide you through the tax issues and make sure you’re in good shape.

Reference: The Motley Fool (October 24, 2015) “Tax Consequences of an Inheritance From an Irrevocable Trust”

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