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Personal Tax and Estate Planning Considerations for the End of 2016

The end of the year is always a good time for our clients to look at their personal tax and estate planning situation and consider whether to take any action before Dec. 31. This year, with the Trump administration about to...more

Estate Planning NOW: Preparing for a New Government

It’s impossible to predict what any future president will do, or what Congress will approve. But in light of comments president-elect Donald J. Trump made on the campaign trail, and given that Grand Old Party members will...more

Law Passed Amending NPCL

Over the summer, we posted about Bill No. A. 10365B/S. 7913, containing amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”) here. After...more

A Comparison of Trump and House GOP Tax Reform Proposals

With Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House starting in 2017, the federal government is now better positioned to move forward on comprehensive tax reform, with...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Potential U.S. Tax Reform Implications of the 2016 Elections

As a result of the United States federal elections on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and the House of Representatives and Senate both will consist of Republican majorities. As a result, it is...more

What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and...more

New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint”

On November 8, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th U.S. President. Trump is scheduled to take office on January 20, 2017, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong...more

Election Results: Tax Reform on the Horizon?

Last week’s election results have raised a number of questions about tax reform or repeal and the impact of such legislation upon your estate plan. It’s too early to tell how this will shake out. Nonetheless, below are the...more

Trump and the Death Tax

Donald Trump’s tax plan calls for elimination of the “death tax,” which refers to the federal estate and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) taxes, and may include the federal gift tax. His plan also calls for imposition of...more

Tax Planning After Presidential Election

The recent presidential election cast a shadow of uncertainty over estate tax planning. President-elect Donald Trump’s platform includes a repeal of the federal estate tax and other proposals regarding our tax code. With...more

Tax Reform Under a Trump Presidency

Following the results of last Tuesday’s election, there is significant speculation about the status and future of the tax code in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform plan. Much of this speculation is...more

What Does the Election Mean for Taxes?

The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, coupled with the Republican Party maintaining its control over both houses of Congress, portends the possibility of significant changes to the tax law....more

What Kind of Tax Changes Can We Expect From Trump's Presidency?

The tears have not yet dried for some, and the celebrating is not yet over for others, but let's turn our attention to taxes. With a Republican Congress and a Republican president, some measure of tax relief is a given. What...more

New Jersey Tax Law Update

The new tax law raises the gas tax to increase state revenue, but also includes provisions that are designed to reduce taxes for New Jersey residents. On October 14, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

Time to Transfer Early Stage Investments?

New rules may stop “cheap” transfers of business interests to kids and grandkids. Proposed IRS regulations that may be effective as early as the end of 2016 are designed to severely limit use of discounts on gifts or sales...more

House Overwhelmingly Passes SNT Fairness Act

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others, has passed the House of Representatives by a vote...more

California Passes Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On September 24, 2016, the Governor of California approved the California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which “would authorize a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage...more

Where Do Our Presidential Candidates Stand on Estate Tax?

Both presidential candidates have proposed changes to the estate tax regime. Coming as a surprise to nobody, the proposals are quite different....more

Hillary Clinton Advises of Changes She Would Make to the Estate Tax Rate

And its not downward – surprise! Last week, Hillary advised that she would like to move the highest estate tax rate from its current 40% to 65%. ...more

Family-Controlled Businesses -- Tax Targets Again: Newly Proposed 2704 Regulations and Presidential Candidates' Positions

It's August of an election---year, and not just any election---year, a presidential election year. So, in less than 80 days, we'll all go to the polls and elect a new president. While Benjamin Franklin might have been right...more

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Moves Out of House Committee

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would correct a decades-old error in federal law that prohibits people with special needs from creating their own special needs trusts, has passed out of the House Energy and...more

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

Pending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context...more

Missouri Commercial Receivership Act Creates a New Statutory Scheme Which Presents a More Robust Remedy

The Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (MCRA), passed by the Missouri legislature and just signed into law by Governor Nixon, becomes effective Aug. 28, 2016. It expands, clarifies and fleshes out the existing minimal...more

NPRA Redux: Proposed NPCL Amendments Approved by Senate and Assembly

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a bill that, if signed by the Governor, would amend the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”) to clarify and refine...more

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