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The table below illustrates the federal estate tax exemption rates under current law.

  Estate Tax Exemption  
   Year  Estate Tax
1 Amount
 Applicable Estate
Tax Credit
1 Amount
 Maximum Estate
Tax Rate
   2012  $5,120,000  $1,730,800  35%1  




1From January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012, the federal estate tax exemption amount is $5,120,000; the maximum estate tax rate is 35%; and, the rules regarding step-up in basis for property transferred at death are reinstated. Also over the same time period, if the executor of a deceased spouse’s estate so elects, the surviving spouse could later use his or her own unused estate tax exemption, plus the unused exemption of his or her most recently deceased spouse.For more information on this subject, and professional guidance in selecting the right kind and amount of insurance coverage, contact your life insurance producer.

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