[[Hello ALL:]]Hi there, James...[[ I was up late last night]]Me too...got some bad pizza...[[ and out of the blue an idea hit my coffee soaked mind.]]Wow...I do some of MY best thinkin' on the "throne". But lets move on...quickly.[[ I could use DSP's/DRIPS to transfer wealth outside of an estate using (JTWROS) joint tenancy.]]Oh really? Pray tell...[[ For instance: an older man with stocks held in street name could have the certificate sent to himself and could jointly enroll a family member in the DRIP plan with transfer agent. The DRIP could be funded from either party and grow. Upon the death of the grantor/ older man the DRIP plan would be the right of survivorship for the family member and would be passed outside of probate.]]Sure, the assets would be transferred outside of probate. But the value of the asset at the date of death would certainly be included in the estate of the decedent. And, not only that, if the surviving co-tenant didn't pay adequate fair market value of the shares when they were transfered, the person making the transfer could be making a taxable gift.Unfortunately, this is the "poor mans" method of estate planning. It really stinks. I have to clean up one of these "estate plans" about once a month. If you have estate tax issues, your best bet is to engage the services of a qualified tax/estate pro. There are other ways to accomplish the same thing (i.e., avoid probate and, possibly, avoid estate tax as well), but it's certainly more complicated than a title transfer. [[ Is this workable? and where can I get more info on this type of play? please feel free to add your comments.]]My comments are above. No where that I know of you can find any reading to "support" this type of play. In the alternative, most of the reading that you'll find will certainly say: "Don't Do It!!"TMF TaxesRoyWant to learn more about taxes and investing? Then we have a deal for you!! The Motley Fool Investment Tax Guide is now available through Fool Mart. Be the first one on your block to own this masterpiece. There is still time available to do that tax planning (and tax saving) before the end of the year. So just click on this link (http://www.foolmart.com/market/product.asp?pfid=MF+013+I) to read more about this amazing collection of tax information. (Apologies for the shameless plug…but it is a pretty good book…if I do say so myself). In addition, if you would like to visit the Taxes FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) area, click on http://www.fool.com/school/taxes/taxes.htm and you'll be right at the home page. Pay special attention to the "archives" section. Check it out. Finally, if you need to get to the IRS web site, click on http://www.irs.ustreas.gov to go directly there.
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