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One of Biden’s most important campaign promises was that he would not raise taxes on the middle class…see the full story on our partner Magnifi’s site
One of Biden’s most important campaign promises was that he would not raise taxes on the middle class, or more specifically those earning less than $400,000. Accordingly, it is a surprise to see a new proposal from Democrats that would do exactly that. Biden and the Democrats appear to be going after “stepped up basis” in inheritance taxes as a way to raise tax revenue and fund the infrastructure bill. Right now, when inherited assets get transferred, their basis resets to whatever the market value is at the time of inheritance. In this way, heirs only pay capital gains on the increase in value that occurs while they hold the asset. Biden and his administration wants to change the rules in order to keep the basis in place from when the original buyer purchased the asset. This change would not only affect the wealthy in a big way, but also the middle class, as the basis for many assets would suddenly be very low, meaning large taxes would be due no matter the size of the estate being transferred. A good example might be an inherited condo from a parent that was bought 30 years ago and has appreciated from $100,000 at purchase to $600,000 now. Under the current system, a middle class earner who inherited and decided to immediately sell the condo would pay almost no taxes. However, under the new proposal, almost $100,000 in taxes would be due because basis would be applied to the original purchase price!
FINSUM: This is a big change that advisors need to be watching closely!
Here is a tough fact for anyone to consider: 70% of wealthy families will lose their wealth by the second generation, and 90% will squander it by the third, according to a study by the Williams Group wealth consultancy. That means parents are fighting an uphill battle in trying to educate their children/heirs on how to manage finances. It sounds very simple to say, but education and learning the value of hard work from an early age are the best ways to ensure a successful continuation of wealth. Three top tips for clients are: be open with your family about wealth, its creation, and continuation; educate your family members about wealth creating/growth strategies; and put a lot of care into tax planning to avoid inheritance tax pitfalls.
FINSUM: Many people struggle with how to talk to their children about money, but as is often the case, the most difficult things to do are usually the most important ones.
No, the headline above is not a joke, though it may look like one to some. While it is easy to joke about people leaving millions to their dogs, the reality is that setting aside a portion of inheritance to take care of a pet is increasingly common, and advisors need to be aware. 44% of pet owners have some financial plan in their will for the care of pets, with the structure usually being that money would go to a designated caregiver. One advisor in Boca Raton who handles pet planning says “If you care about them and you want to make sure they’re taken care of, you have to have a contingency plan for them or else they end up at the Humane Society”.
FINSUM: 44% is a huge number, but it does make a lot of sense. Pets are valued family members and it seems irresponsible to many to leave them without care.