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February 5, 2015


Hi There,

An annual estate plan checkup is critical to the health of your estate plan. Because various exclusion, exemption and deduction amounts are adjusted for inflation, they can change from year to year, impacting your plan:

Lifetime gift and estate tax exemption

  • 2014: $5.34 million
  • 2015: $5.43 million

Generation-skipping transfer tax exemption

  • 2014: $5.34 million
  • 2015: $5.43 million

Annual gift tax exclusion

  • 2014: $14,000
  • 2015: $14,000

Marital deduction for gifts to noncitizen spouse

  • 2014: $145,000
  • 2015: $147,000

You may need to update your estate plan based on these changes. But the beginning of the year isn’t the only time for an estate plan checkup. Whenever there are significant changes in your family — such as births, deaths, marriages or divorces — it’s a good idea to revisit your estate plan. Your plan also merits a look any time your financial situation changes significantly.

No one can force you to engage in estate planning, but without a proper estate plan, you are putting yourself and loved ones in more jeopardy than necessary. Consider these seven real risks that can arise when you don’t have a plan.

For more information contact your Frazer LLP tax advisor in Brea, 714.990.1040, or Visalia, 559.732.4135.

Online Tax Planning Guide

Tax planning is more complicated yet more important than ever. To save the most, you need to understand how recent tax legislation affects you and take advantage of every tax break you're entitled to. This is exactly what our online Tax Planning Guide is designed to help you do.

As you look through the guide, please note the strategies and tax law provisions that apply to your situation or that you wold like to know more about. Then, call your Frazer LLP tax advisor - or click the button below - with any questions you may have about these or other tax matters or to schedule a time to talk about ways to lighten your tax burden and better achieve your financial objectives.

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