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The trust decanting statutes: Nuisances that should be repealed.

Inherent in a trustee’s discretionary authority to make a distribution of trust property outright and free of trust to a permissible beneficiary of the trust may well be the authority to distribute the property instead to...more

After the Fiscal Cliff — A Summary of the New Federal Gift and Estate Tax Law

Congress took the fiscal cliff negotiations over the brink but was finally able to reach a deal resulting in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act makes the estate and gift tax laws “permanent,”...more

Legal Update - 2013

In This Issue: - Summary of Income Tax Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 - Summary of Federal Estate, Gift and GST Tax Provisions of the 2012 Act Please see full issue below for more...more

Wealth Management Update Newsletter - January 2013

We Didn't (Quite) Fall off the Cliff, But We Still Have To Clean up the Mess! When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, estate planning practitioners said "good night" to an unprecedented period of working...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Stabilizes Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-skipping Transfer Tax Law

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "2012 Act") — actually passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 — brings welcome stability to federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law which has been in...more

Summary of Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2nd. A summary of the important income tax features of the 2012 Act can be read here. This article summarizes the...more

Legal Alert: The Cliff-Hanger (Chapter One) is Over: Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), effective as of January 1, 2013. In general, the Act made permanent for most taxpayers the tax rate cuts first enacted...more

Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law: A Unique (But Brief) Opportunity for IRA Rollovers and Other Highlights

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 enacted in Washington last week creates a unique opportunity for charitable giving. Individuals with IRAs who have attained age 70½ may make a tax-free rollover to charity of up to...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Provisions Revived

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, 2013, revives the IRA charitable rollover provisions which originally expired in 2011. The revived IRA charitable rollover allows an individual who is...more

Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

After hotly debated year-end negotiations, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on January 1, 2013. On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the bill into...more

Saved from the Fiscal Cliff

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013. ATRA is a large tax package that renewed tax breaks for individuals and businesses and avoided automatic spending...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: A (Mostly) Happy New Year for the Estate, Gift and GST Taxes

The nation having stepped off the dreaded fiscal cliff at the end of 2012, Congress immediately pulled the ripcord, passing the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the 2012 Act) on New Year’s Day. President Obama signed...more

Bill To Prevent Cottage Uncapping Signed Into Law

On December 27, 2012, HR-4753 was signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder....more

President Signs American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The legislation increased the maximum federal estate tax rate, but otherwise made permanent many of the estate,...more

Taxpayer Relief Act Brings Assortment of Changes

Early on January 1, 2013, the Senate, by a vote of 89 to 8, approved H.R. 8, “the American Taxpayer Relief Act” (ATRA or the Bill). The House of Representatives passed the Bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Following are the major...more

Tax Law Blog: Estate and Gift Law Tax Aspects of Fiscal Cliff Legislation

The Fiscal Cliff legislation passed by the Senate on Monday and the House of Representatives late on New Year’s Day extends the estate, gift and generation skipping tax provisions we have been working with in 2011 and 2012....more

Burr Alert: The Other Side Of The "Fiscal Cliff"

Congress began 2013 by passing "The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act") reflecting a plan negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to avoid a series of tax hikes...more

Washington Watch: House GOP Leadership and the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

An analysis of the year-end fiscal negotiations and their consequences. As the United States rapidly approached the “fiscal cliff,” negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)...more

The 7520 Rate Drops to All-Time Low by Lawrence D. Hunt and David S. Raymon

The U.S. Treasury has announced that the applicable federal rate under Section 7520 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “7520 rate”) for November 2012 is 1%, matching an all-time low. While this rate has been low all year, it...more

CRA Provides Update on Audit Priorities and Activities

At the Canadian Tax Foundation’s recent Ontario Tax Conference (October 29-30), the Canada Revenue Agency provided an update on its current audit priorities and activities as part of the conference’s “Tax Administration...more

Staying clear of the IRS - Tips for estate planning and tax law compliance in a global economy

Originally published in Insights Legal Affairs. Do you own a vacation home in Mexico? Have a bank account in Hong Kong? Has your spouse retained Canadian citizenship? Are you a long-term U.S. resident who was born in the...more

The New GST/HST Regime for Registered Pension Plans – An Update on the Deemed Supply and Master Trust Issues

The sales tax compliance associated with a registered employee pension plan funded through a trust (RPP Trust) has become significantly more complex since certain new GST/HST rules took effect, beginning with the 2010 fiscal...more

Act Now or Pay More Taxes

Nexsen Pruet’s Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer Planning team is encouraging clients to consider making a gift of part or all of their estate exclusions now, or risk paying much more in taxes in the future....more

McNees Insights -- Summer 2012

In This Issue: Planning For College – 529 Accounts; Estate Planning - IRS Issues Temporary Portability Regulations; and Filial Support and Mr. Pittas. Excerpt from Planning For College – 529 Accounts If you...more

Estate and Gift Tax Planning Opportunities Scheduled to “Sunset” on December 31, 2012

The estate and gift tax laws under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2012. These laws provide opportunities to transfer assets to...more

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