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How to Reduce the Estate Tax Using the A-B Revocable Living Trust


In a past article I relayed the plight of the widow who stated:

"I didn't realize what an A-B Revocable Living Trust meant and that it had to be divided between the survivor and the deceased spouse and that I am limited as to what I can use from his share."

She told me that she only learned of this after her husband passed away. This is too late for many (there is a way to collapse an A-B Revocable Living Trust, which we'll talk about in another article).

First, what is an A-B Revocable Living Trust? I spend a great deal of time going over this in my free Multi-Media Course, available at http://www.livingtrustsecrets.com. Basically it is the splitting of a husband and wife's estate into two shares, his share and her share. The reason is to capture, or use, the estate tax unified credit amount that each spouse receives on death.

Let's explain. Since we know Uncle Sam likes to receive his inheritance too, whenever there is a death, we always need to ask "is there a tax?"

When we talk about taxes on death, we are talking about the federal estate tax (your state may also have a tax, sometimes called an estate tax or an inheritance tax. The difference is who is liable for payment of the tax? the estate or the inheritor? But let's not get side-tracked on the state tax. Let's stick with talking about the federal estate tax).

So let's say you have a "simple will." In a simple will, you will usually say "when I die, leave everything to my spouse." Very Simple.

Now, is there a federal estate tax? First, realize that the passing of property on death is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, it is taxable event. Even though it is a taxable event, however, the tax code tells us that everything that is left to our spouse is tax-free under what is called the "marital deduction." So, in our simple will example, there would be no estate tax since everything you leave to your spouse is tax free.

Uncle Sam is patient. He is willing to wait until the second spouse to die passes away. Now, he gets to collect his tax on the total of both shares: the husband's share and the wife's share.

What happened with the "simple will" is that you have wasted the federal estate tax unified credit amount (currently $1.5 million) that can be left tax free to anyone.

So, what the A-B Revocable Living Trust is designed to do is to capture and preserve the federal estate tax unified credit amount available when the first spouse dies. It does this by creating what is often called the "credit shelter" trust.

The "credit shelter" trust (the "B" trust in an "A-B" Trust) is an irrevocable trust that springs into being out of your Revocable Living Trust when the first spouse dies. This trust is designed to be managed by the surviving spouse for the benefit of the surviving spouse, without giving the survivor any "taxable incidents of ownership."

What this accomplishes is that upon the death of the second spouse to die, the assets that had been placed into the "credit shelter" trust are not considered to be owned by the second spouse to die. Therefore, they are not included in or taxed as part of the second spouse to die's estate.

This can often save hundreds of thousands of dollars, since the federal estate tax rate kicks in at 37% and goes up from there.

Good luck and until next time,

Phil Craig

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