The step-up in basis reduces the capital gains tax on inherited assets. It is an effective way to preserve an inheritance and save money.
People under the age of 65 account for more than 20% of COVID-related deaths in the US. However, young people are less likely to have estate planning documents, like a will or advanced directive, in place than those of older adults. This means that many people who are dying from coronavirus likely do not have documents in place to dictate who cares for their children or what happens to their home or money.