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Should You Gift Your Business Interests into a Trust?

May 1, 2024

As business owners plan for the future, the decision to transfer business interests into a trust can be pivotal. One sophisticated strategy involves gifting privately held business interests into a trust—be it revocable or irrevocable. The distinction is crucial: revocable trusts offer flexibility and control over the assets, allowing changes or revocation, whereas irrevocable trusts are more rigid but provide significant benefits in terms of asset protection and tax advantages.

Gifting business interests allows owners to capitalize on asset appreciation outside their estate, potentially avoiding substantial estate taxes and maximizing the financial legacy passed on to heirs. By utilizing current high estate and gift tax exemptions, which are set to decrease after 2025, owners can transfer significant wealth using less of their lifetime exemption. The approach also incorporates minority interest discounts, leveraging the non-controlling nature of the gifted interests to further enhance tax efficiency.

For an in-depth discussion of the benefits of gifting privately held business interests, visit Wealth Management. Their detailed analysis provides further insight into why and how to effectively implement this strategy.

However, this complex strategy demands nuanced understanding and precise execution. The dynamics of revocable versus irrevocable trusts, for example, affect not only tax implications but also control over the business. Business owners need to consider their long-term goals and the potential legal and financial landscape changes.

Before pursuing such a strategy, consulting with professionals who understand the intricate details of both business and trust law is essential. The team at Omni360 Advisors can provide expert guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. They can help navigate the complexities of gifting business interests and choosing the right type of trust to optimize your legacy planning.


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