Again, no change.

After steadily ticking up for the first four months of the year, the 7520 rate remains flat for the third month in a row. For August 2018, the 7520 rate will again be 3.4%. A chart showing historical rates since 2008 is here.

Some estate planning techniques benefit from rising rates. These include Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs) and Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs). On the other hand, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs), sales to grantor trusts, and Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs) perform worse when interest rates are higher.

Source: Rev. Rul. 2018-21 (pdf)

Posted by Joel D. Roettger, JD, LLM, EPLS