With the worldwide spread of coronavirus, this is an unprecedented and unsettling time.  Our health care systems are overwhelmed.  Markets have been upended.  Social distancing and self-quarantine are terms and practices we are adjusting to.

We are wishing others well and trying to help.  Also, for those who are thinking about their personal and closely-held

On November 6, the IRS announced the official estate and gift exclusion amounts for 2020 in Revenue Procedure 2019-44.

For an estate of any decedent dying during calendar year 2020, the applicable exclusion is increased from $11.4 million to $11.58 million.  This change increases not only the applicable exclusion amount available at death, but also