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What a difference six months can make

Those who have money invested in the stock market are well aware of potential volatility. Needless to say, this volatility can affect a person’s net worth. Something many investors might not think about is the potential effect on estate tax liability. Specifically, if the value of stocks or other assets drops precipitously after a person’s death, estate tax could be owed on value that has disappeared. This article details how an executor can ease estate tax liability in this situation by electing to use an alternate valuation date.
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