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Burden of Proof Issues in Gift Tax Matter

A recent case illustrates 3 important burden of proof issues. The general facts of the case involved a merger of a company owned by parents with a company owned by children. The gift tax issue involved the relative value...more

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

Impact Investing and Private Foundations

Bryan Cave recently organized a half-day symposium examining the opportunities and legal considerations related to responsible and impact investing strategies. The Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium, held on November...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

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...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

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: A Potential Win-Win for Your Assets

In this final installment in our three-part series, we discuss the planning technique known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Like Intra-Family Loans and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) described in previous...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

5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains

Although it is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, the one tax you may be able to avoid or minimize most through planning is the tax on capital gains. Here's what you need to know to do such planning...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

McNees Insights Newsletter – Estate Planning: November 2016

IRS Simplifies Rules for Correcting Late Rollovers - On August 24, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2016-47, which greatly simplifies the procedure for correcting late rollover...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations on Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities

IRS Proposals Threaten Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities - The Treasury Department recently published new proposed regulations ("2704(b) regulations") which, if adopted in their current form, would...more

Estate Planning for Family Businesses

Estate planning for closely held family businesses could be significantly affected by proposed regulations that have been published by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS proposed regulations and their effect on...more

Estate Planning Inflation Adjustments For Tax Year 2017

Many estate planning provisions of the Internal Revenue Code contain brackets, exemptions, exclusions, deductions, or other figures that are adjusted annually for inflation. Every year around this time, the IRS releases these...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

Private Ruling Exempts Property Management Services from Self-Dealing

A new private ruling may be of great interest to clients with substantial real estate interests who wish to contribute one or more properties to a family foundation. The ruling suggests that payment by the foundation to a...more

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too? “Zeroed Out” Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

With IRS-prescribed interest rates at historic lows and much like Intra-Family Loans described in a previous blog, a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) presents an excellent opportunity to transfer wealth to lower...more

Tax Court Rules on the Transfer of Benefits and Burdens of Ownership in Tax-Deferred Exchanges

In the recently decided case of Estate of George H. Bartell v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 5 (August 10, 2016), the U.S. Tax Court held that the like-kind exchange engaged in by the taxpayer’s S corporation should be respected...more

Two (out of Three) Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion Amounts Will Inch Up in 2017

Around this time every year, the IRS looks at whether there has been a year-over-year increase in the Consumer Price Index and announces inflation adjustments to the federal gift and estate tax exclusion amounts for the...more

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