with Nathan Brinkman
Transfers of property during life or at death are generally subject to federal gift or estate taxes. However, each taxpayer has an amount of property that can be sheltered from federal gift and estate taxes by the unified credit, called the “applicable exclusion amount.”
After July’s record closes for the S&P 500, the Dow industrials, and the Russell 2000, equities melted like ice cream in August. Renewed fears of Fed tapering, anxiety about the prospect of a U.S. military strike in the Middle East, typically low late-summer trading volumes, and the potential for an eventful September combined to raise investor unease.