Wealth Transfer and Strategic Gifting Opportunities for 2024

Inflation adjustments to the gift and estate tax exemptions, along with the pending sunset of some tax cuts, make 2024 the year to dig into transfer strategies.

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The new year has brought notable changes to federal gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax rules. Inflation adjustments for 2024 offer fairly substantial increases to gift and estate tax exemption amounts, along with increases to annual exclusion gifts, which individuals and families should be aware of in order to maximize the potential tax benefits.

The adjustments made to exemptions by the IRS should prompt taxpayers to reassess their estate and gifting plans, focusing on enhanced tax efficiency and more impactful wealth transfer between generations. The federal estate tax and GST tax lifetime exemption amounts have increased by $690,000 for individuals in 2024 (to $13.61 million from $12.92 million in 2023) and $1.38 million for married couples (to $27.22 million in 2024 from $25.84 million in 2023).

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David Weinstock, CFP®, AEP®, CPA
Principal, Mazars Wealth Advisors LLC

David Weinstock provides business succession, estate, insurance, tax, and investment planning services to high-net-worth individuals and business owners. His more than 28 years of experience are centered on delivering wealth advisory services to individuals and families. He specializes in complex estate planning matters, often integrating the efficient use of life insurance solutions to meet clients’ objectives. David has published in The CPA Journal and in Estate Planning Magazine and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.