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August 29th, 2011

What is a Simple Trust?

(Estate Planners) - As far as the Internal Revenue Service is concerned, and for the purpose of taxation, there are two types of trusts, simple and complex. If a trust is classified as simple, this merely refers to how the trustee distributes income to the beneficiaries of the trust.

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August 15th, 2011

What is a Dynasty Trust?

(Estate Planners) - A dynasty trust is a type of generation-skipping trust that can provide substantial savings on estate tax. When you consider the fact that estate tax can climb to a rate that is as much as fifty-five percent, and that each generation will have to pay estate taxes, you could hypothetically save up to eighty percent of your estate throughout the course of three generations.

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August 1st, 2011

What is a Complex Trust?

(Estate Planners) - All trusts must be classified in one of two ways for the purpose of paying federal income taxes – as a simple trust or a complex trust. Basically, a complex trust is one that cannot be classified as simple. In a nutshell, the complex trust is one that contains provisions for charitable gifts, an income stream, or concerns other types of wealth distribution.

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May 9th, 2011

What is a Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trust (“QTIP Trust”)?

(Estate Planners) - The qualified terminable interest property trust or QTIP trust is sometimes also referred to as a marital qualified terminable interest property trust. This trust is established to provide a surviving spouse with lifetime income that is derived from money that is earned by the assets that are transferred to the trust.

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April 18th, 2011

What is a Grantor Retained Income Trust (“GRIT”)?

(Estate Planners) - A grantor retained income trust, which is also known by the acronym of GRIT, is a frequently used trust that can help to reduce the amount of estate tax that is due when a person passes away with a large estate. The Grantor retained income trust can also provide an income stream for the creator of the trust that provides a steady flow of money during their lifetimes while allowing their heirs to benefit from their wealth upon the trust creator’s death. Thus, the reason for the name, grantor retained income trust.

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March 7th, 2011

What is a Charitable Split-Interest Trust?

(Estate Planners) - A split-interest charitable trust will allow you to pass the wealth that you accumulate during your lifetime to your heirs in a manner that promotes tax efficiency while also allowing you to support your favorite charity, either now or on down the road. The split-interest charitable trust’s name is derived because the financial interest from these trusts is split between a charity and a non-charity (your heirs).

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February 28th, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with Net Income Make-up Provisions (“NIMCRUT”)?

(Estate Planners) - One estate planning tool that is viable for a number of different donors is the charitable remainder unitrust with net income make-up provisions. This type of trust will allow you to transfer assets to a charitable trust and then receive income from those assets for your lifetime, or for a period of years that you specify.

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February 21st, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (“CRUT”)?

(Estate Planners) - When planning an estate, the charitable remainder unitrust or CRUT is often a popular choice. This type of trust allows for you to transfer your assets to a charitable remainder trust now and receive income for the rest of your life or for a period of years. When you die, the charity of your choice will receive the assets wholly and fully. This type of charitable trust is often chosen by those donors who need an income for life or for a particular time period and who desire a rise in income as the value of the trust increases.

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February 14th, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

(Estate Planners) - Passing along the wealth that you accumulate in your lifetime can be challenging. You naturally want to leave your beneficiaries and loved ones well-provided for, but you do not want to see your money taken by the government in the way of estate tax and other tax when you pass away. You may also wish to see a favorite charity benefit from your estate.

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February 7th, 2011

What is a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (“CRAT”)?

(Estate Planners) - Making decisions about how to distribute the wealth that you accumulate over the course of your life can be challenging. The charitable remainder annuity trust is a standard type of trust that allows you to have income for the remainder of your life while giving a favorite charity a substantial gift when you pass away.

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