Beginning in January 2017, President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican controlled Congress are positioned to shake up the federal tax system. What could Trump’s tax proposals mean for your estate plan?
On Oct. 7, 2016, the New Jersey legislature approved a bill that would eliminate the New Jersey estate tax by 2018. The bill is the result of a compromise between Gov. Chris Christie and the state legislature to increase the state’s gas tax by 23 cents per gallon and slightly reduce the state sales tax. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Christie in mid-October. [UPDATE: The governor signed the bill into law on October 14, 2016].
New Jersey currently has one of the most penalizing estate tax regimes in the country, with an exemption of only $675,000 and a top marginal rate of 16 percent. The new legislation would increase the exemption to $2 million on Jan. 1, 2017, and eliminate the tax entirely on Jan. 1, 2018.
On May 10, 2016, Governor Hogan signed the Maryland Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the “Act”), which will become effective on October 1 of this year. Continue reading Maryland Enacts Digital Assets Act
The Wealth Planning Practice Group at Duane Morris began a blog in May 2016.