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December a Great Month for Establishing a GRAT

This year, December may be the kindest month for those who wish to set up a grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) for the benefit of children or grandchildren or provide a family member with a loan.

That's because the "hurdle" rate for a GRAT is only 1.2 percent. And the rate for a short-term loan to a family member is a meager 0.24 percent.

Placing an asset that is expected to appreciate over the next few years in a GRAT could earn beneficiaries big bucks - they get any appreciation over the hurdle rate, free of any estate or gift tax. Another good reason to do a GRAT now is that Congress is likely to enact new legislation that will put new restrictions on this tax-saving estate planning strategy - like having GRATs last a minimum of 10 years and imposing a 10 percent gift tax at the time the GRAT is set up.

For family loans, the December rates are 0.24 percent for a loan of three years or less, and up to 2.4 percent for loans longer than nine years. If you have an unemployed child, grandchild or other family member you'd like to help out with a short-term loan, this month is the time to do it.

The Flanigan Law Group provides Southern California residents with personal attention for estate planning, administration and litigation legal services. When disputes between families, arise, they are very successful in resolving legal estate issues quickly and efficiently while preserving financial and emotional resources. Contact the Flanigan Law Group at 949-450-0042.

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