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Estate planning for business owners

How will your business owner clients leave their estate?

Can your clients successfully transfer the assets they have worked a lifetime to accumulate? With the ready-made BOLD resources, your clients can select an estate planning strategy that fits their future goals.

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Irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT)

A trust created to own life insurance outside your client's estate. When drafted and administered properly, the death benefit from the policy is not subject to income or estate taxes.

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Spousal limited access trust (SLAT)

A SLAT makes an ILIT more flexible by providing access to the policy’s cash value. Loans and withdrawals of the cash value can be used for emergencies, supplemental retirement income or other needs.

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Beneficiary limited access trust (BLAT)

A BLAT is a flexible ILIT that provides lifetime access to cash values for a child or other beneficiary while keeping the policy outside the client’s and child’s estate.

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Estate equalization

Estate equalization is for a business owner who wants to treat their children fairly, but may not be able to do so equally. 

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Wait-and-See estate planning uses a combination of life insurance and trusts in a way that offers clients flexibility to support changing circumstances throughout their lives.

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Life insurance products contain fees, such as mortality and expense charges, (which may increase over time) and may contain restrictions, such as surrender periods.

Please keep in mind that the primary reason for purchasing life insurance is the death benefit.

Additional agreements may be available. Agreements may be subject to additional costs and restrictions. Agreements may not be available in all states or may exist under a different name in various states and may not be available in combination with other agreements.

Policy loans and withdrawals may create an adverse tax result in the event of lapse or policy surrender and will reduce both the surrender value and death benefit. Withdrawals may be subject to taxation within the first fifteen years of the contract. Clients should consult their tax advisor when considering taking a policy loan or withdrawal.

The Policy Design chosen may impact the tax status of the policy. If too much premium is paid, the policy could become a modified endowment contract (MEC). Distributions from a MEC may be taxable and if the taxpayer is under the age of 59 ½ may also be subject to an additional 10% penalty tax.    

An annuity is intended to be a long-term, tax-deferred retirement vehicle. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed, and if withdrawn before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. If the annuity will fund an IRA or other tax qualified plan, the tax deferral feature offers no additional value. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are generally excluded from gross income, but taxes and penalties may apply to non-qualified distributions. Please consult a tax advisor for specific information. There are charges and expenses associated with annuities, such as surrender charges (deferred sales charges) for early withdrawals.

This information may contain a general discussion of the relevant federal tax laws. It is not intended for, nor can it be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding federal tax penalties. This information is provided to support the promotion or marketing of ideas that may benefit a taxpayer. Taxpayers should seek the advice of their own tax and legal advisors regarding any tax and legal issues applicable to their specific circumstances.

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DOFU 10-2022