Thursday, November 1, 2012

For the left tax planning is bad. Will they roast one of their own?

George Lucas’s Jedi estate planning

Why the “Star Wars” creator’s decision to sell his film company to Disney was a savvy move.

"That Lucas struck a deal in 2012 may be no accident either, advisers say. Long-term capital gains tax from the sale of assets held more than one year are taxed at a rate of 15% for investors in the 25% income tax bracket or above (Lucas’s level), and zero for investors in the 10% or 15% bracket. Those rates are set to jump to 20% and 10%, respectively in January. “He probably wanted to take advantage of the lower rate on long-term capital gain while it’s certain,” says Bill Smith, managing director at CBIZ MHM, a national accounting and professional services provider."

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