Qualified Personal Residence Trust

An alternative to insurance for protecting your personal residence.

 

 

Form a Qualified Personal Residence Trust With Anderson

How do you protect your personal residence from creditors if your state does not have high homestead exemptions? Many professionals will recommend an umbrella policy, but insurance companies are eager to deny claims, and that is only if your item is covered in the first place! One sure way to protect your home is to form a Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT), an irrevocable trust established to hold legal title to a residence or vacation home.

A QPRT owns your home but allows you to maintain residence in the home for a specified term while still maintaining all the rights of a homeowner. QPRTs are also especially good at minimizing a person’s estate for federal or state estate tax purposes. Although a transfer of property to a QPRT is treated as a taxable gift, the value of the gift is based on the present value of the remainder beneficiary’s right to receive the property at the end of the QPRT term. For example, if you were age 65, you could create a QPRT, transfer your residence to the QPRT for an 18-year term (you can choose the term for your trust), and have the remainder pass to your children at the end of the term. Let’s assume the residence is valued at $1,000,000. Based on IRS tables, you would be treated as having made a gift to your children valued at only $389,955. Because the estate tax rate can surpass 50% between state and federal, this would obviously result in significant estate tax savings. You would have effectively transferred an asset worth $1,000,000 to your children by using only $389,955 of your estate and gift tax credit.

Another tax benefit is the avoidance of estate and gift tax on the future appreciation of the residence. Based on the prior example, assuming that the $1,000,000 residence appreciates at 4% per year for the 18-year term, the residence would be valued at $2,025,816 at term’s end. All of the appreciation during the 18-year term would inure to the benefit of your children. Thus, by making a gift valued for estate and gift tax purposes at $389,955, you would effectively transfer an asset worth over $2,000,000. Assuming your estate is in the current maximum 40% federal estate tax bracket, this would save you $800,000 in federal estate taxes!

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Asset protection and tax minimization are the key reasons for the formation of a QPRT, and those are the two reasons we at Anderson come to work every day. We strive to find the asset protection strategy that is right for you, and this is just one of the many solutions we offer. We can also obtain a life insurance policy if that is the step you are ready for. We can also discuss whether another trust, like a Dynasty Trust, Asset Protection Trust, or an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust might suit you better.

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What You Can Expect When Forming a Qualified Personal Residence Trust with Anderson

Once our advisors have determined that a QPRT is the best protection for you, your trust will be formed to meet your needs and to include all your desired specifications, like the length of term and beneficiaries. During the term stated in your trust, you will maintain all of the same benefits as a homeowner, such as the ability to sell the property and purchase a new residence in the name of the trust, the ability to sell the property and invest the proceeds for an income stream, or a combination of the two scenarios.

After the stated term has expired, the ownership transfers to the beneficiaries, usually the grantor’s children. At this time, the QPRT can continue as an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the remainder beneficiaries, rather than being distributed outright to the remainder beneficiaries, such as the children of the Grantor. If you live in a state that does not provide quality homestead exemptions and an umbrella policy does not provide you the protection you need, contact us today to discuss setting up a Qualified Personal Residence Trust.

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