4 Tips for Drafting Income Tax-Sensitive Trusts

By WealthCounsel Staff on Oct 22, 2021 10:00:00 AM


Trusts have significant income-tax implications because their tax brackets are compressed: they can reach the highest income tax bracket with much less income than an individual taxpayer. 

Flexibility in the drafting of trusts will be even more important in 2022, when tax brackets are likely to be affected by rising inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, and President Biden’s stimulus package. Income tax planning may not always be the first thing that comes to mind when drafting a trust, but the current political climate is causing clients to be concerned about rising income tax rates. 

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The Often Forgotten Fiduciary Income Tax Obligations of Trusts

By WealthCounsel Staff on May 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM


Although trusts are effective estate-planning tools used to avoid probate and minimize estate and gift taxes, their income-tax implications must also be considered to ensure that there are no unintended tax consequences. The drafting attorney should point out the advantageous and disadvantageous fiduciary income-tax implications for the type of trust being considered and then determine which trust is the best fit for the client. 

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Navigating the Trust Administration Journey

By WealthCounsel Staff on May 21, 2021 10:00:00 AM


Navigating a postdeath trust administration can be daunting, and attorneys must have the necessary skills, knowledge, and competence to diligently and effectively provide legal services to fiduciary clients during this process.

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