What is a S.A.F.E. Trust?
A S.A.F.E., or Spousal and Family Exclusion Trust, is a type of irrevocable trust which retains indirect access by the donor while simultaneously avoiding estate taxes and creditors. This type of trust is for those who see the family as a team, intend on maintaining a life-long marriage, and seek to protect their wealth for generations to come.
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Why is S.A.F.E. a unique estate planning strategy in 2020?
As you may know, a federal gift and estate tax exclusion can be used to transfer a certain amount tax-free to family or loved ones. That tax exclusion currently is $11,580,000 per person and is scheduled to expire on December 31st, 2025. When this happens, it will revert to $5 million plus inflation. So, the federal estate tax exemption is likely to be about $6 – $6.5 million. However, the President-Elect expressed his intention of lowering this federal tax exclusion to $3.5 million as soon as possible. This change could be made effective in 2021.
So when do Steve Waltar and Andrea Lee recommend using a S.A.F.E. strategy? Before the end of 2020. Gifting up to $11,580,000 to a loved one through a Spousal or Family Exclusion Trust before the end of 2020 could save you up to 60% on estate taxes.
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