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Same-Sex Spouses Authorized to Recalculate Transfer Tax Treatment of Prior Gifts and Bequests

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-15 to provide same-sex spouses relief to recalculate the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax treatment of gifts and bequests made before the Defense of Marriage...more

IRS Regulations Clarify Definition of Spouse for Federal Tax Purposes in Light of Obergefell v. Hodges

The IRS has issued final regulations clarifying the definitions of “spouse,” “husband,” “wife,” and “husband and wife” for federal tax purposes. The final regulations now define “spouse,” “husband” and “wife” as any...more

IRS Plans to Further Restrict Family Business Valuation Discounts

IRS regulations anticipated for release as early as this September may further restrict valuation discounts. The exact scope of the regulations is unknown, but the regulations will likely make it more difficult for taxpayers...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cases Regarding the Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee, respectively, regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by the states. ...more

1/27/2015  /  Same-Sex Marriage , SCOTUS

U.S. Supreme Court Now Likely to Rule on Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage Bans

To date, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to rule on the constitutionality of state laws banning same-sex marriage. Even in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court left to the...more

Income Tax Reporting for Decanting

Decanting refers to the distribution of trust property of one trust (the “first trust”) to another trust (the “second trust”). Over the past several years, the number of states specifically authorizing decanting by statute...more

International Grant-Making: Best Practices for U.S. Public Charities

U.S. public charities are blessed, but also challenged, by a relative lack of regulation governing their grants to foreign persons and foreign entities. U.S. public charities are blessed by this lack of regulation...more

The Limits of Discretion: Trust Distributions for Health, Education, Maintenance and Support

Trustees are often granted the power to distribute trust property “in the Trustee’s discretion” for a beneficiary’s “general well-being,” “best interests,” “comfort,” or, most commonly, “health, education, maintenance and...more

Careful Estate Planning Required When Transferring S Corporation Shares to Trusts

S corporation shareholders must be careful not to inadvertently terminate their closely held company’s S election when engaging in estate planning....more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional in Estate Tax Case

The Supreme Court has held that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. DOMA defined “marriage” and “spouse” to the exclusion of same-sex partners for purposes of federal law....more

The Proliferation of Trust Decanting Statutes Continues

Irrevocable trusts are now subject to varying degrees of amendment by court approved modifications, trust protector actions, private settlement agreements, and, of course, decanting....more

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