By RICHARD RUBIN
WASHINGTON—The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed making it harder for wealthy business owners to transfer assets to heirs without paying estate and gift taxes.
The plan from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would place new limits on a common technique used to transfer interests in family businesses.
The regulations address the practice of discounting the value of ownership stakes in closely held businesses or land. The discounts are permitted because some stakes are worth less since they are harder to sell or represent a minority interest. The reduced values allow wealthy families to pack assets inside the $10.9 million lifetime exclusion from estate and gift taxes for married couples. More...