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The Best Guide To Deciphering Estate Taxes

Dec 14, 2007
For a lot individuals, the thought of paying estate taxes is not what they assumed it was. While the common idea is that an estate tax is a tax only the very rich or wealthy will have to be concerned with, it's actually a tax that's more concerned with what takes place after someone passes away.

This is a tax that has to be payed when a taxable estate has been inherited by another person when the owner of that estate has died. When the estate has been given to the new owner through a will or a state law, the estate taxes have to be paid to the federal government.

In addition to the complexity of this process, the gift tax is a tax that is necessary should a person decide to give over their estate to someone while they are still alive. These taxes are paid at the federal level, but they can also require estate taxes through payments to the state levels, also known as an inheritance tax.

These estate taxes are not applicable when the estate is given over to the spouse or a charitable organization, but it will be decided on the overall worth of the estate (or the 'gross' estate) as well as any belongings that were transferred within three years of the owner's passing which can include investments, property, annuities, and other things.

There are certain things that act as deductions from the actual estate value in order to lower the tax like funeral costs, administration costs for determining the estate's division and charitable contributions. These estate taxes are usually going to be taken care of by the executor of the estate, as determined by the deceased prior to their passing.

When buying estate property, the most important thing to think about when you are paying estate taxes is understanding what kind of property you are dealing with, and what its value is. There are several different ways of explaining this, as there are many different pieces of property that are valued at different prices. You first have to look at how old the property is and what kind of condition it is in, also figuring in what type of property it is. Depending on if it is a business or a home, its age, and what kinds of buildings are built on the property are all factors that are going to enter an equation for the type of estate taxes that you are going to be charged on the property.

You also have to consider the location of the the property. You will see that the estate taxes you pay, vary a lot depending on the type of property you own and the amount of money you have invested in it. Each of these estate taxes differs and varies and is something that you will need to investigate before investing your money. Estate taxes can be difficult to comprehend, but you will also come across many financial planners and services available to guide you in planning and paying estate taxes.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is a tax and financial planner who enjoys sharing tips on estate taxes and offers extensive free tax guides, and a free "special report" on taxes. Plus you can download the author's new tax guide handbook on his website www.taxesandtax.com
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