Which means it has suddenly become a far more effective strategy to start For the past several decades, the bypass trust has been a staple estate planning strategy to minimize estate taxes. To avoid crowding all of a couple’s assets into a single person’s name after the death of the first spouse – which could potentially push him/her over the estate tax exemption amount – the spouse who passes away doesn’t actually leave his/her assets to the surviving spouse.
Instead, the assets go to a “bypass trust” that can be used for the surviving spouse’s benefit, but with enough restrictions that the assets in the trust “bypass” the surviving spouse’s estate (i.e., are not included in his/her estate and therefore are not exposed to estate taxes in the future).
The bypass trust is a popular estate planning strategy used to reduce a couple’s exposure to estate taxes, by leaving the assets of the first spouse to die not to the surviving spouse, but to a trust for his/her beneficiary instead.
If the surviving spouse doesn’t inherit the assets directly, they’re not subject to future estate taxes when the second spouse ultimately passes away.
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