Plan Now for 2026 Estate & Gift Tax Changes - Hackstaff, Snow, Atkinson & Griess, LLC

Plan Now for 2026 Estate & Gift Tax Changes

TCJA Sunset   The estate and gift tax exemption amount (currently $12.92 million per individual and $25.84 million for married couples) reverts to its pre-2018 levels (adjusted for inflation), if Congress fails to act prior to December 31, 2025. Projections vary, but it is estimated that the 2026 estate and gift tax exemption could be as low as $6.5 million for individuals ($13 million for married couples). Additionally, the current 40% maximum estate and gift tax rate will also increase to 45% in 2026, making it the highest estate tax rate since 2009.

Given this potential change, it is advisable for individuals with at least $6 million in assets ($12 million for married couples) to revisit their estate plans.

When it comes to structuring your estate plan to avoid estate and gift taxes, you have several options to consider, including Family Trusts, Gifting Plans, Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATS), and Spousal Limited Access Trusts (SLAT) to name a few. To make the most informed decision tailored to your specific circumstances, it is advisable to speak with your attorney.

A good estate plan requires vigilance, and we strongly advise revisiting your estate plan regularly to ensure it remains aligned with any changes in your family status or financial circumstances.

Contact Hackstaff Snow Atkinson & Griess, LLC to assist you in crafting or updating your estate plan to meet your and your family’s specific needs.