Prior to this year, all Tennessee trusts were required to file annual Tennessee income tax returns. This includes garden variety revocable trusts as well as irrevocable grantor trusts that use the grantor’s social security number as their EIN.

Fortunately, the Tennessee legislature decided to solve this problem. Public Chapter 480 now allows grantor trusts to

In a surprising move, the Tennessee legislature has repealed Tennessee gift taxes, effective for gifts made on or after January 1, 2012. This is welcome news for a lot of our clients who plan to make a $5.12 million gift later this year. Our clients have been considering various ways to make their gifts without paying Tennessee

The Tennessee legislature repealed Tennessee’s inheritance tax, effective as of January 1, 2016. This means that if you can survive until 2016, you will not owe any Tennessee inheritance taxes. If you die before that date, you will owe taxes if your taxable estate exceeds the following exemption levels:

2012

$1,000,000

2013

$1,250,000

2014

$2,000,000

2015

Over the last several years, several of our clients have changed their residences to Florida to avoid certain Tennessee taxes, including our inheritance taxes. Migration to avoid state inheritance taxes has also been occurring in other states.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article about various states, including Tennessee, that are considering a repeal

Tax Foundation has published a map showing the top income tax rates in all 50 states. There are seven states that have no income taxes at all: Alaska, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, and Florida. Tennessee and New Hampshire only tax dividends and interest. Except for Iowa, the high tax states are on the coasts.

A group known as Tennesseans Against Death Taxes is lobbying the Tennessee government to repeal Tennessee gift and inheritance taxes. Tennessee is one of only two states that charge gift taxes. Our state gift tax roadblocks a lot of good estate planning that could otherwise be done, with the result that families pay significantly more federal estate

Bloomberg has published an article which concludes that Tennessee has the third lowest taxes of any state in the country. It is somewhat surprising to me that the two states that are ahead of Tennessee both have a state income tax. Mississippi has a 5% income tax, and South Carolina has a 7% income tax.

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