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A “Portability” Election Can Preserve More Wealth for Future Generations

An upcoming reduction in the amount of an estate that can be passed on to heirs without paying taxes has many families wondering if they will have a large tax bill upon the death of a loved one. Currently, this tax-free amount, known as the unified credit or exclusion amount, is $12,060,000, but it is set to decline in 2026 to $5 million (adjusted for inflation). Likewise, tax rates will increase in 2026 to 45% from the current top rate of 40%.
3 minute read
August 9, 2022