Wealth Strategies Journal: “One common issue facing those who create trusts is how to protect beneficiaries from creditors. One of the biggest, baddest creditors out there is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS or Service), wielding two weapons of mass collection: the federal tax lien and the federal tax levy. These weapons regularly pierce boilerplate spendthrift provisions. Discretionary trusts do not fare much better. Court decisions over the past ten years make it increasingly likely that even pure discretionary trusts contain clauses that traitorously turn over the treasure house keys to the federal tax lien. Once the lien attaches, the IRS can enforce it through either administrative or judicial attachments, blowing through state law barriers that keep out other creditors.”
This Article offers some ideas on how to keep the federal tax lien locked out from trust assets using property law concepts of springing and shifting executory interests. This Article posits that a properly drafted tax lien lockout provision can deflect the federal tax lien.
This is a three part article. See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.