Revocable living trust


Q: Two of the biggest selling points of placing assets in a revocable living trust is that when you die your assets can be distributed privately and without the need for probate. But if everything is done privately and no probate court is involved, how would the IRS know whether or not the decedent’s estate was subject to estate taxes?

A: The decedent’s estate is required to file tax returns, trusts or no trusts.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to and view his blog at

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