As we have discussed frequently, the Federal Estate Tax system is in a state of change in 2010. Frequently lost in the discussion of revocation of the Federal Estate Tax is the new Modified Step-Up In Tax Basis for Capital Gains. Prior to January 1, 2010 all capital appreciation assets owned by a decedent at the time of his or her death received a full step-up in basis. The new basis for those assets was the value on the date of death. Therefore, no capital gains had to be paid by the beneficiaries unless the inherited assets were sold for an amount in excess of the date of death value. The new law is much less forgiving and can open estate beneficiaries to a significant capital gains tax that was not previously a concern. Read about the 2010 federal estate tax and modified/partial step-up in tax basis rules by clicking the link here. Your estate planning should now include a comprehensive look at your capital appreciation assets to help insure the maximum capital gains tax protection for you and your beneficiaries.
Please contact Douglas L. Kaune, Esq. to discuss the appropriate planning to help protect your estate and the beneficiaries from a significant capital gains tax that might now apply.