Tip / News: Estate Tax

Vermont remains one of about a dozen states that imposes a state estate tax.  However, during the summer, Governor Scott signed Act No. 71, raising Vermont’s exclusion amount to $4,250,000 in 2020 and $5,000,000 in 2021.


Dissecting Legalese

Whereas the party of the first part shall prescribe, provide, formulate, and otherwise execute the means, method, and product for the tertiary daily repast for the mutual benefit of the parties; whereas the party of the second part shall evaluate, conduct, and otherwise execute in a timely manner the subsequent restoration of...

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New England Qualifying Track Meet Sponsorship

We were so proud to be able to support our local school at the Essex Invitational. We received the following note from Heidi Stewart of Essex.

Thank you so much for being a sponsor for the New England qualifying track meet! Hundreds of Vermont's best track and field athletes competed in the Essex Invitational...

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4th Annual Golfing4Life Tourney

Jarrett & Luitjens is proud to co-host its 4th Annual Golfing4Life Tournament on July 24th at the Links at Lang Farm.  Last year we raised over $10,000, funds which directly benefit the Cancer Patient Support Foundation of Williston’s Emergency Relief Fund.   To join the fun and support this worthy cause, contact...

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No Magic Carpet Ride for “Medicaid” Trusts

The road to eligibility for long-term care Medicaid benefits can be long and winding, so it can be tempting to board a magic carpet ride and try a so-called “Medicaid” trust, more descriptively referred to as an irrevocable income-only trust.  The theory behind such a trust is that assets owned by...

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Lawyer Joke

Diogenes went to look for an honest lawyer.  “How’s it going?”, someone asked.  “Not too bad,” said Diogenes.  “I still have my lantern.”


New Numbers for 2019

Estate/transfer tax

Vermont estate tax exclusion:


Federal estate tax threshold:


Federal gift tax exclusion (annual):


Vermont Medicaid

Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $126,420

Minimum Maintenance Needs Allowance (spousal allocation): $2,114

Home Equity Limit (singles): $585,000


Tip Corner

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