Regardless of your net worth, the temporary increase in the federal tax exemption has made possible certain strategies that could significantly reduce capital gains tax and allow for rebalancing portfolios on a tax-free basis. Strategies may involve transfers between spouses or in some cases "upstream" gifts from a child to a parent. Additionally, families with existing irrevocable trusts may be able to tap those to multiply the tax savings by establishing a program of distributions to beneficiaries or in some cases making a tax-free exchange of low cost trust assets for other assets with similar value but that have little or no built-in gains.
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