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(S.D.)-Race On To Shield Assets From Fiscal Cliff

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 12/31/2012 08:16 AM
     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakotans are in a scramble to protect family farms and businesses before the "fiscal cliff" threatens to cause a variety of tax hikes.
     Politicians in Washington, D.C., are at a stalemate, though party leaders from both sides say they're hoping for a deal soon.
     Nationwide, South Dakota is seen as one of the best places to set up a trust, a legal entity that can help shelter land and other assets from tax liabilities.
     Lawyer Brad Grossenburg says his year-end business has been "absolutely crazy" because people feel so uncertain.
     Karl Thoennes, administrator for the 2nd Circuit Court in Sioux Falls, says he's prepared for a courthouse rush.
     U.S. Sen. John Thune recently said he's optimistic a deal is imminent but "the question is the timing."


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