The season for changing estate tax exemptions is upon us. Only four months ago, a so-called "permanent" exemption was created for estates of $5 million or less. However, because there was nothing in the national budget proposal that said Congress couldn't change the exemption in the future, the "permanent" limit isn't all that permanent.
Many Michigan residents may have an IRA that they wish to leave to their spouse or a child once they pass on. However, without proper planning, much of this inheritance could be lost to taxes. Anyone with an IRA who is in the process of estate planning should understand how tax laws will affect their heirs. Doing so may allow the inheritance to have a more positive effect on a loved one's life.
Nobody really knows how long they have left to live, but using one or more of the online actuarial calculators could give you some insight into how you should go about setting up your retirement and estate plan. Retirement planning, estate planning and elder care planning can go a long way in ensuring your quality of life does not suffer because you live 10 or 20 years longer than expected. That is why it is not such a good idea to use average life expectancies that are published by the Society of Actuaries when planning for retirement and long-term care issues.
You don't need to have a massive fortune on the scale of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to benefit your retirement while planning for the future of your estate. For Michiganders thinking about retirement, most likely the kids have grown and you are decades away from end of life issues and using a few smart estate planning strategies at retirement can not only solidify your retirement plans but also help your loved ones well into the future.