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The Clintons and the Estate Tax


Wealthy people can learn a lot from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Not necessarily from their politics, which is a matter of personal opinion, but there is a lot to be learned from how the Clintons have sought to protect their wealth from the estate tax. That they have done so is not new information, but it is receiving more attention as Mrs. Clinton's campaign for the Presidency heats up and as she is calling for an increase in the estate tax.

What the Clintons have done is to place their New York home in residence trusts. As a result, any increase in the value of the home is outside of their estates and therefore not subject to the estate tax. In the process, most of the home's value will not be used by the IRS to determine the taxable size of the Clinton's estates.

Whether or not this is hypocritical given Clinton's stated plans to lower the estate tax exemption is for voters to decide.

The lesson that wealthy people can learn from this is that there are ways to lower the estate tax burden on estates. The Clintons have done so in one way, but there are others.

Contact a qualified estate planning attorney to learn more.

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