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Top Six Reasons NOT to Have an Estate Plan

Tired of bossy blogs telling you to get an estate plan? Good advice is boring. Your life is exciting and should have a dramatic ending. And you can have it. ...more

8/3/2017  /  Beneficiaries , Estate Planning , Wills

Proposed IRS Regulations Could End Most Valuation Discounts for Family Entities

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. The proposed regulations, if adopted in their current form, essentially will eliminate all minority...more

IRS Releases Draft Form 8971, Information Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property from a Decedent

On December 18, 2015, the IRS released draft Form 8971, Information Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property from a Decedent. Once Form 8971 is finalized, executors who are required to file estate tax returns will complete...more

The Numbers Are In… er, Projected: Increases to the Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exclusions

While the official numbers will not be released until later this year, the following projections are unlikely to change since they are based on the average Consumer Price Index for the 12 month period ending August 31, 2015....more

IRS Extends Due Date for New Basis Reporting Rules

On July 31, 2015, the laws addressing the basis of property acquired from a decedent were revised. Among other things, the new laws require an executor to provide to the IRS and to each estate beneficiary a statement...more

New Law Steps Up Reporting Requirements for Executors

The laws addressing the basis of property acquired from a decedent were revised on July 31, 2015. Generally, property acquired from a decedent receives a basis equal to its fair market value at the decedent’s date of death,...more

A Trust May Be Subject to California Income Taxation if the Trustee Resides in California

California aggressively taxes non-grantor trusts. A non-grantor trust with a California resident trustee may be subject to California income taxation even if none of the assets of the trust are located in California, none of...more

California Supreme Court to Review Controversial Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The California Court of Appeal recently held, in 926 North Ardmore Avenue v. County of Los Angeles, that a documentary transfer tax is triggered when a transfer of an interest in a business entity that owns real property...more

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be...more

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. It is a common misconception that only the very wealthy need estate plans. This may explain why 55% of Americans do not have estate plans. However, the truth is...more

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