Beat the Inheritance Death Tax
These three things are certain: You live. You die. You pay taxes.
The only question is how much of what you own are you going to allow the Government to take from your family once you are gone? Wouldn’t you prefer the legacy of what you build to be put back in your family’s hands or perhaps charitably donated to your favorite causes instead?
The primary tax culprits that have reared their ugly heads to devastate estates and prevent this from happening throughout history are death taxes. Death taxes have left an indelible mark on the history of civilization. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used versions on their citizens. The death tax is the third plank of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, which is a provision dictating an abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Various versions of death taxes are still being employed all over the globe today in many countries including the United States, where in addition to the federal version, there are additional death taxes in effect in over 20 states nationwide.
Taxes are real. They are so real in fact that they account for nearly 100% of all annual federal revenue. There are income taxes, corporate income taxes, capital gains taxes, payroll taxes, custom duties, excise taxes, gift taxes and generation skipping taxes, but they all pale in comparison to the federal death tax.
The IRS will not be sympathetic to your estate planning oversights. Don’t mistakenly think that the Government wouldn’t possibly come in and seize a majority of the assets from your grieving family if you don’t have your estate fully prepared with its succession planning.
When was the last time that you analyzed your projected death tax liabilities?
United States Historical Death Tax
Rates & Exemption Amounts
|Year||Exemption (dollars)||Initial Rate (percent)||Top Rate (percent)|
 10 percent surtax was added
 Unified credit replaces exemption.
 Graduated rates and unified credits phased out for estates greater than $10,000,000
The Harsh Realities
Death (also known as inheritance or estate) taxes are a tax on the transfer of wealth from an estate to its beneficiaries. Death taxes have been victimizing illiquid estates throughout history. In the United States alone, death taxes have been used off and on since 1797. Initially, estate taxes were imposed to help the Government fight wars and then repealed once the conflicts had ceased and a peacetime was entered into.
All of these previous versions of death taxes served to prepare the American public for future versions, and the modern-day United States death tax was instituted by the Revenue Act of 1916, which included provisions for a Federal estate tax.
This tax has been in effect during every year since for nearly a century aside from a temporary, one-year reprieve in 2010. Between the conclusion of World War I and the onset of United States involvement in World War II, the top death tax rate increased by nearly 300%!
Do you want to risk leaving your estate exposed to the next big death tax hike?
From 1935 to 1981, the top death tax rate was at 70% or more, and remember, that rate is calculated on the ENTIRE value of the gross estate less any deductions. Beginning in 1982 through 2009, the top rate was “lowered” (if you can really call it that) to 65% and then eventually to 45%. It is slightly lower today.
However, for many unsuspecting and unprepared estates, this was hardly any consolation. There are literally thousands of estates’ heirs who have been left scrambling trying to avoid a fire sale of assets in order to pay the outrageous tax liabilities that were left behind.
The list of influential people who have had their estates crippled by death taxes reads like a who’s who of American culture. Phillip K. Wrigley was the former owner of the Chicago Cubs and son of the founder of the legendary chewing gum manufacturer. Wrigley died in 1977, and by 1981, his family had sold the Cubs, reportedly to pay the taxes on Wrigley’s estate, and with it ending a nearly 60-year relationship with the franchise.
A similar fate befell Joe Robbie, the former principal owner of the Miami Dolphins. Robbie lived the American dream. From humble beginnings, Robbie became a successful entrepreneur and parlayed his successes into purchasing the Dolphins in 1965. Just as in the case of Phillip K. Wrigley, it was Robbie’s hope that the franchise would stay in his family’s hands. Unfortunately for Robbie, his estate planning did not protect him from the IRS.
Robbie died in 1990, and his wife passed shortly thereafter. Unfortunately for the Robbie family, when it came to paying its death taxes, Uncle Sam was not a patient man. By 1994, the taxes and penalties had overwhelmed the family, who were forced to sell the team for $138 million. That may seem like a king’s ransom, but consider that not even 20 years later, the team had increased in value to over $1 billion.
The families who have been besieged by death taxes are not simply limited to sports owners either. Banking and finance giant J.P. Morgan paid a nearly 70% death tax rate on his gross estate as did John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Elvis Presley had a staggering 73% of his estate proceeds go towards his governmental death tax liability. Elvis may be the king of rock and roll, but he was no match for the king of all taxes. In the United States today, the federal death tax is also compounded by still more estate taxes imposed on the state level as well. How do you want YOUR estate planning tale to end?
Death taxes represent the biggest estate planning hurdle for the estates of high net worth individuals to climb. Now that you are fully aware, it’s time to find the solutions.
A good start would be to contact the estate planning specialists of Teachers Pension Advisory Services and set up a free consultation.
History proves that it is not wise for the estates of high net worth individuals to take a “set it and forget it” approach to estate planning where insufficient measures are implemented years earlier only to be left alone and not account for those important changes that occur to an estate’s financial outlook over time.
The death tax requires a lifetime of planning. The TPA Services Family Wealth Division offers a higher level of life insurance services to our high net worth clients. At TPA Services, we can work side-by-side with your financial advisors to help you greatly improve your overall estate plan. We implement the life insurance programs that will serve to provide you with the ultimate source of tax-free, liquid income and eliminate all of your death tax fears.
What Can Teachers Pension Advisory Services Do For Your Estate Planning?
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This tax-free, liquid income is instrumental to help offset the death tax because it is a liability that is calculated based on the value of ALL liquid and illiquid assets that qualify inside of each estate.
This means that not only are death taxes calculated based the value of any cash, bonds, stocks, savings accounts or retirement plans which the estate holds but also from the estate’s holdings in illiquid assets such as real estate, art work, cars, boats or any closely held ownership stakes maintained partnerships just to name a few. These valuations often times leave the descendants of estates in shock when they discover how exposed they are to death taxes.
Interest penalties can also quickly start to accrue due to any late payments. Keep in mind that estates of the deceased are also responsible for the filing and payment of various other taxes in addition to its estate tax obligations including the estate’s final annual income taxes, gift taxes, generation skipping taxes as well as any final capital gains taxes that are also owed to the IRS.
Start preparing your estate more thoroughly or risk having much of it wind up in the Government’s hands.
Responsible Estate Planning
Don’t allow your loved ones be caught in the tax nightmare that you leave behind. It is imperative for high-net-worth families to have an airtight estate plan to minimize and practically eliminate the potentially decimating effects of the IRS and most importantly its death tax ramifications.
In addition to offering the most sought after life insurance products that high-net-worth families can have access to, Teachers Pension Advisory Services also excels in helping our clients take a more comprehensive look at their overall estate plan.
Are you utilizing a sufficient amount of your annual and lifetime gifting exemptions?
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If you currently have a life insurance program in place, we can help you to assess whether or not you are overpaying for the amount of coverage you are receiving compared to an alternative program that is sponsored through TPA Services. We have trusted relationships with a host of A-rated life insurance companies and can offer you an array of options that will maximize your benefits at the lowest cost available. By leaning on our expertise, we can let you know if your current life insurance plan is truly the best or if someone is just telling you that to keep your business.
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Our Clients Beat The Death Tax
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You may think you are protected, but you are not fully protected until you contact the independent, estate planning specialists of Teachers Pension Advisory Services for a free assessment and review of your current estate plan and life insurance programs.