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Estate Planning, 5E by Stephen Maple

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CHAPTER16

Federal Estate Taxes

In This Chapter

  • Taxing estates worth more than $5,450,000
  • Computing the federal estate tax
  • Marital and other deductions
  • Transfers that skip a generation

Note: If your estate is much less than $5,450,000, you can skip this chapter.

So many taxes, and here is the first of them: the federal tax levied on your estate. I know what you’re probably thinking: Isn’t dying bad enough without being hit with a new slew of taxes— in absentia, of course? I couldn’t agree with you more. But for now, that’s the law of the land, and so here they are—estate taxes spelled out.

The Federal Estate Tax: $5,450,000 Estates

First, you ...

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