# Question: Donna Stober s estate has the following assets all figures approximate

Donna Stober’s estate has the following assets (all figures approximate fair value):
Investments in stocks and bonds . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . \$1,400,000
House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700,000
Cash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70,000
Investment land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,000
Automobiles (three) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51,000
Other assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,000
The house, cash, and other assets are left to the decedent’s spouse. The investment land is contributed to a charitable organization. The automobiles are to be given to the decedent’s brother. The investments in stocks and bonds are to be put into a trust fund. The income generated by this trust will go to the decedent’s spouse annually until all of the couple’s children have reached the age of 25.
At that time, the trust will be divided evenly among the children.
The following amounts are paid prior to distribution and settlement of the estate: funeral expenses of \$20,000 and estate administration expenses of \$10,000.
a. What value is to be reported as the taxable estate for federal estate tax purposes?
b. How does the year in which an individual dies affect the estate tax computation? For example, what is the impact of dying on December 30, 2008, versus January 2, 2009, or December 30, 2009, versus January 2, 2010?

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