You work your entire life to save and have enough money to comfortably retire – and ideally leave something for your loved ones when you pass away.
During your life you pay all kinds of taxes: income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and so on. And at the end, the government still wants to tax you on the assets you have left at your death.
This is known as the estate tax, sometimes called the “inheritance tax” or “death tax.”
The best way to protect your assets and your family’s future from excessive taxation is to hire an attorney who specializes in estate tax planning. We can help you reduce – if not entirely avoid – the federal estate tax burden.
How Does the Estate Tax Work?
Estate tax is totally separate from federal income tax, property tax, sales tax, and every other type of tax you’ve paid during your lifetime.
Estate tax is a tax paid on the net value of all your assets owned at your death.
However, there are fairly sizable exemptions to the estate tax so it is primarily a high net-worth individual or family who is affected.
This said, the estate tax rate is a whopping 40% on your net estate, so if you do have an estate tax problem, we are talking about potentially massive sums of money your estate will owe to the government before a single heir would enjoy a single penny.