Estate Tax Exclusion Amount for 2012 to Increase to $5,120,000

Gift Tax

The IRS announced today that the amount exemption from estate taxes will increase next year. For an estate of any decedent dying during calendar year 2012, the basic exclusion from estate tax amount will be $5,120,000, up from $5,000,000 in 2011.

For Special Use Valuation for qualified real property, the aggregate decrease in the value of the property resulting from the election cannot exceed $1,040,000, up from $1,020,000 for 2011.
The annual exclusion for gifts will remain at $13,000.
IR-2011-104, which also lists income tax benefit increases – exemptions, standard deductions, tax brackets, etc.  See also Revenue Procedure RP-2011-52.
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