On Dec. 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was signed into law. It is the most sweeping federal tax legislation in decades and significantly changes the landscape of individual, corporate, partnership, international, and trust and estate taxation. In general, the changes made by the Act take effect as of Jan. 1, 2018, with most of the provisions affecting individual taxpayers being scheduled to sunset at the end of 2025. The implications of the Act are far-reaching. Residents of states that impose a state income tax and/or a state estate tax will face greater planning challenges in order to mitigate their tax burden.

As with all significant tax law changes, it will be important for clients to review the effects of the Act on their personal planning with their advisors. The changes bring significant opportunities to engage in beneficial estate planning. Many of those opportunities are scheduled to expire at the end 2025, and could expire sooner by future legislative action.

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