Experts view the current Federal Estate Tax system as a ticking time bomb. Some don’t consider planning for estate taxes because the 2009 threshold is set at $3.5 million. In other words, if you die in 2009 owning less than $3.5 million in total assets, you are not subject to a Federal Estate Tax.
If you die in 2010, as the law currently is written, no one owes estate tax, even if they had one hundred billion dollars (Dr. Evil reference, couldn’t resist). But here’s the rub: if you pass in 2011, the threshold reverts back to $1 million dollars. [Read more…]