Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2011-49 

December 5, 2011 

ESTATE TAX


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Rev. Rul. 2011-28 Rev. Rul. 2011-28

Substitution of insurance policy. This ruling provides guidance regarding whether a grantor’s retention of a power, exercisable in a nonfiduciary capacity, to acquire an insurance policy held by a trust by substituting other assets of equivalent value will cause the value of the insurance policy to be includible in the grantor’s gross estate under section 2042 of the Code. The ruling provides that a grantor’s retention of the power, exercisable in a nonfiduciary capacity, to acquire an insurance policy held in trust by substituting other assets of equivalent value will not, by itself, cause the value of the insurance policy to be includible in the grantor’s gross estate under section 2042, provided the trustee has a fiduciary obligation (under local law or the trust instrument) to ensure the grantor’s compliance with the terms of this power by satisfying itself that the properties acquired and substituted by the grantor are in fact of equivalent value, and further provided that the substitution power cannot be exercised in a manner that can shift benefits among the trust beneficiaries.


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