The 2018 federal estate tax exemption changed as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. So, in very brief summary, if the gross value of a person’s estate is less than the the estate tax exemption the year the person dies, their loved ones avoid paying federal estate taxes entirely.

Federal Tax Law Changes

Before January 1, 2018, an exemption up to $5.49 million per person existed. Spouses could transfer a total of $10.98 million. And transfers larger than that were taxed at a rate of 40 percent. Now and through the end of 2025 at least, the federal estate tax exemption is roughly $11.2 million per person, adjusted each year for inflation. Spouses? When a surviving spouse eventually passes, the total transfer permitted before federal estate taxation is $22.4 million. The 40 percent tax rate for anything over the exempted amount still remains, but the exemption amount essentially doubles.

Needless to say, that’s a pretty huge difference.

Plus, The Step-Up Rule Remains

The federal tax law changes didn’t even do away with the step-up. So, even with the exemption essentially doubled, heirs still aren’t responsible for a capital gains tax on the appreciation in the value of the estate that happened before it became theirs. What does that mean? Essentially, all the years of appreciation prior to the transfer to an heir will remain untaxed forever.

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