Many New Jersey readers are aware of the tax benefits of establishing and funding a Section 529 college savings account. The money deposited within is allowed to accumulate interest tax-free, and there is no penalty for withdrawing funds to cover the cost of tuition and other college needs for the account's beneficiary. However, there are also estate tax-planning benefits associated with a 529 account, which is a fact often overlooked by many.
A few weeks ago, the death of New Jersey native and Sopranos actor James Gandolfini stunned his family, friends and fans. Even more shocking was the recent news that Gandolfini's heirs have to pay $30 million total in estate tax.
Sometimes navigating through estate taxation issues can be confusing, even where the estate at issue is relatively straightforward.