Wilmington Trust’s Deputy Chief Wealth Strategist Drew Horwitz offers timely planning advice to business owners at the 54th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. Watch his conversation with Susan Lipp, editor in chief of Trust & Estates magazine, on the importance of planning early while still running a successful business. Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.
Uncovering opportunities under the current tax law. Tax reform significantly increased the ability of high-net-worth individuals and families to pass wealth free of estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, while increasing the importance of income tax planning. Borrowing or leverage strategies can be a critical component to protect wealth for your family by minimizing risk and reducing taxes.
If you own a business that you wish to pass on to your heirs, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) can offer tax savings and other advantages.A GRAT is a popular method of transferring property tax -efficiently, such as stock in a closely held business, to a trust in exchange for an annual payment (or annuity) for a term of years.GRATs allow a business owner to maintain control of the business, while passing along appreciation to the beneficiaries in the form of closely held stock.