November 1, 2012

GEORGE LUCAS’S JEDI ESTATE PLANNING, from The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch Website:

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.

Just a reminder that Conquest’s First Law of Politics — “Everyone is conservative about what he knows best” — is applicable even to a filmmaker who believed that the Communist North were the good guys in the Vietnam War.

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