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  • hlchlc1234 hlchlc1234 Aug 29, 2012 11:28 AM Flag

    Question on MLP's

    I have always understood that if you die with an MPL in your portfolio the accumulated distributions that would have been taxed had you sold the stock, escapes the tax collector altogether. Is that correct? Thx

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    • Think this answers your question.

      MLPs are an attractive investment for estate planning purposes. Similar to other investments, the tax basis in an MLP will reset (or be "stepped up") to the current market value when the investment is passed on to an heir upon a unitholder's death. The stepped-up value will be included in the descendant’s estate and may be subject to estate tax, based on the current market value of the investment, just like other investments. However, because of the potential for tax deferral on an MLP’s distributions, the distributions received during the deceased unitholder’s life may never be taxed. Do not put MLPs in a charitable remainder trust. Every $$ of income is UBTI and taxed at a high rate.