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Summary of Potential Tax Law Changes Under President Elect Trump:

We live in uncertain times. There is no certainty in what President Elect Trump will do when it comes to the tax code, but he has stated that he would like do the following:

  • Eliminate the estate tax entirely.
  • Eliminate the gift tax entirely.
  • Presumably, eliminate the Generation Skipping Transfer tax entirely.
  • Disallow a step-up in basis for the assets of decedents with estates over $10 million.

However, we don’t know if this will be a high priority or whether Democrats would filibuster such changes.

As far as income taxes go, he has proposed the following: 

  • Cap deductions at $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for a married couple filing jointly.
  • Increase the standard deduction to $15,000 for individuals and $30,000 for married filing jointly.
  • Reduce the federal tax brackets from 7 to 3, with rates of 12%, 25%, and 33%.

Current estimates are that Trump’s tax plan would:

  • Reduce taxes for low income earners by an average of 1.2%.
  • Reduce taxes for highest income earners by 10.2%.

According to a piece in Fortune, Trump’s plan would add $5.3 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years.  


dave-eastman Contributed by Morris Hall, PLLC Arrowhead, Scottsdale and Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, David T. Eastman.  

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  • Richard says:

    Keep information about the potential Trump tax and estate changes coming, but as they become real, notify your clients as to who needs to come in and have changes made to their estate Trusts, and who does not. Don’t leave it to your clients to figure out if we need changes made. You tell us if we need to make changes, not generically, but tell us specifically client by client. Thanks.

    • Morris Hall says:

      We keep our clients up to date about any new law changes and how those changes will impact their estate plans. We offer one-on-one free consultations and recommend coming in to meet with your attorney every 3-5 years. If you feel you need to see us and there have been changes in your life or you are not sure if the law changes affect you, please call to make an appointment.

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