Basis Boosting

For years, practitioners have employed the estate-planning strategy known as sale to a grantor trust.1 Yet there's still substantial uncertainty and debate about one critical aspect: the detrimental income tax consequences that can result when a grantor dies thus terminating grantor trust status before the note issued by his grantor trust to him has been fully discharged. We believe that incomplete

For years, practitioners have employed the estate-planning strategy known as “sale to a grantor trust.”1 Yet there's still substantial uncertainty and debate about one critical aspect: the detrimental income tax consequences that can result when a grantor dies — thus terminating grantor trust status — before the note issued by his grantor trust to him has been fully discharged. We believe that incomplete gifts can be used to decrease or eliminate the risk that income tax will be tr

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