Estate and Income Tax Planning for the Surviving Spouse
This program has been approved NASBA & IRS CPE Credit 2(Taxes)
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Losing a spouse is not only a traumatic emotional event, but it also wreaks havoc on the surviving spouse’s options for mitigating income and estate tax liability. In this course we will examine tools the surviving spouse must consider to maximize tax saving opportunities after the death of their loved one. We will discuss both simple techniques related to the sale of the family home and maximizing post-death income tax elections and complex techniques related to mitigating estate tax by filing for portability and making QTIP elections on Form 706. We will also examine the surviving spouse’s post-death planning options including disclaimers and spending and how these methods can mitigate estate and income tax consequences. A basic understanding of estate tax and estate planning tools will be helpful before attending this course.
- Identify the income tax saving opportunities for surviving spouse including filing statuses, personal residence gain exclusion, savings bond interest elections, and itemized deductions.
- Analyze when Form 706 should be filed if the surviving spouse’s estate does not exceed the lifetime estate tax credit.
- Understand when to exercise a disclaimer and how to utilize inherited funds in a way to mitigate later income and estate tax liability.
- Advise clients on how to mitigate income and estate tax liability after the death of a surviving spouse.
- Describe the importance of meeting post-death filing deadlines to save income and estate tax.
- Identify opportunities for surviving spouses to mitigate income tax liability in the years after their spouse’s death.
- Explain how and when to make disclaimer elections.
- Describe when Form 706 should be filed to save on future estate tax.
- Summarize the QTIP filing requirements for spouse’s inherited assets inside marital trust shells.
- Analyze the tax consequences related to inherited assets and how to spend inherited assets to maximize future tax savings.
Credits and Other information:
- Recommended CPE credit – 2.0
- Recommended field of study – Taxes
- Session Prerequisites and preparation: None
- Session learning level: Basic
- Location: Virtual/Online
- Delivery method: Group Internet Based
- IRS Course ID: PJGWS
- Attendance Requirement: Yes
- Session Duration: 2 Hours
- Case Studies and Live Q&A session with speaker
- PowerPoint presentation for reference
Who Will Benefit:
- Enrolled Agents (EAs)
- Tax Professionals
- Other Tax Preparers
- Finance professionals
- Financial planners