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​Power of Appointment Support Trust

​An Innovative Approach to Transfer Greater Wealth and Reduce Income Taxes



For many ultra-high-net-worth investors, implementing planning strategies designed to help minimize to minimize income and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes is a top concern. In the past, limited tax exclusions and credits made it difficult to transfer wealth to both parents and children. However, recent changes to transfer tax laws have opened a new avenue to transferring wealth.

Given the right situation, a Power of Appointment Support Trust (POAST) can help an individual transfer more wealth to multiple family members, making use of the otherwise wasted transfer tax exclusions of a senior family member. A POAST distributes money in trust for the benefit of a parent and children then, upon the parent’s death, assets can remain in trust for multiple generations using the parent’s transfer tax exclusions. In a best case scenario, the individual of wealth has provided for both their parents and children, while also minimizing income and estate taxes.


  • The substantially increased transfer tax exclusions could eliminate the imposition of transfer tax for many individuals and open up additional avenues to transfer significant wealth.
  • Implementing a POAST with parents (or virtually any other senior family member) can offer great tax-saving opportunities in the right circumstances.
  • A POAST takes advantage of transfer tax exclusions that would likely be wasted by the parents and instead utilizes such exclusions for the donor’s descendants’ benefit.
  • The POAST uses well-respected, time-tested wealth transfer techniques in a different way to accomplish multiple objectives, including support for less wealthy family members, income tax mitigation, and enhanced dynastic wealth transfer.


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