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Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax...more

When the Wall of Secrecy Collapses

Foreign Accounts, Shell Companies, Blind Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Global Citizenship and US Residency are just a few of the Terms highlighted in the mega divorce proceedings of a Palm Beach County...more

Late Portability Election Denied for Estate That Was Over the Estate Tax Return Filing Threshold

One of the key changes of the 2010 Tax Relief Act is the addition of “portability” of the first deceased spouse’s unused basic exclusion amount, commonly referred to as the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount. Under...more

A 2017 Repeal of the "Death Tax?"

The estate tax, also referred to as the "death tax," is a tax on the property you own at the time of your death. Currently, there is a federal estate tax exemption of $5,490,000 per person, up from $5,450,000, in 2016. This...more

Trump Administration's Perception in the UK

It’s fair to say that Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US Election in November was not universally welcomed. In the UK, it was widely reported that as the result unfolded, the Canadian immigration website crashed...more

Is a donor-advised fund right for you?

Those who make sizable gifts to charitable causes can realize personal rewards from their generosity and claim a deduction on their tax returns. One drawback is that, once the money or assets are contributed, they generally...more

Follow up on possible Estate Tax Repeal: Important Basis Planning Technique in Estate Planning

In last week’s Tax Tip our Henry Grix succinctly described the current lay of the land regarding estate tax repeal. This Tax Tip focuses on one narrow but very important aspect in anticipating such action, or possible...more

Stretch out estate tax on business interests

Frequently, heirs of successful entrepreneurs are forced to sell off business interests at “fire sale” prices to help pay federal estate taxes. To alleviate the tax strain, Internal Revenue Code Section 6166 allows heirs to...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2017

In This Issue: - Stretch out estate tax on business interests - Maintaining family harmony: Balance beneficiaries’ needs with a total return unitrust - Is a donor-advised fund right for you? - Estate planning...more

KNOWN UNKNOWNS about Federal Tax Laws and Regulations

The new administration in Washington, supported by Republican majorities in Congress, has pledged substantial changes to federal tax laws and regulations. One change may - or may not - be the complete elimination of federal...more

"Income, Wealth Transfer Tax Changes Likely Under New Administration"

Comprehensive federal tax reform likely will be a top priority for the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress in the first half of 2017. Although there are differences between their proposals, President Donald Trump...more

Client Alert: Estate and Gift Tax Limits Announced for 2017

The IRS has issued the estate and gift tax limits for 2017 (Rev. Proc. 2016-55). For an estate of a person dying in 2017, the basic exclusion amount is $5,490,000 for determining the credit against federal estate tax. This...more

Personal Liability of Executors for Tax Liabilities of the Estate Under the Federal Priority Statute, 31 U.S.C. 3713

This is an appeal of summary judgment by the personal representative (the “PR”) of an estate. The lower court found the PR to be personally liable under the federal priority statute, Section 3713, for tax liabilities due from...more

Final Response to Non-Dom Consultation Published - Update

The UK government has released its final response to the further consultation on reforms to the taxation of non-UK domiciliaries (non-doms), together with draft legislation that will take effect from 6 April 2017. As well as...more

Non-Domicile Changes in the United Kingdom From April 2017 – Are You Ready?

Sweeping changes being introduced in the United Kingdom for non-domiciles (non-doms) will take effect from 6 April 2017. These changes are significant and will affect all non-doms. Our recommendation is that non-doms review...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2017

February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The February § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

A Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In Notice 2017-12 (the “Notice”) the IRS announced that an “account transcript” from the agency can substitute for an Estate Tax Closing Letter (“ETCL”)....more

Highlights from the 2017 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Each January, the University of Miami hosts the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the country’s largest estate planning seminar. During the seminar, reporters for the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust &...more

CPAs: Top 10 list for fiduciary income tax returns and planning

As we near tax season, below are some tips for CPAs when planning and preparing tax returns for trusts, along with a link to an upcoming webinar on this very topic. ...more

January Tax Tidbits

Tax Tips for January 2017 are listed below. Rev Rul 2017-02, 2017-3 IRB January 2017 Rates: ..Section 7520 Rate: 2.4% ..Annual Short Term AFR (0-3 years): 0.96% ..Annual Mid Term AFR (3-9 years):...more

IRS Permits Trust Division Without Adverse Federal Tax Consequences

In Private Letter Rulings 201702005 and 201702006, the IRS favorably ruled on federal tax consequences of a proposed trust division. But for a minor change in facts, the two rulings are identical, so we will focus only on...more

Statute of Limitations and Collections Process Against Executrix and Agent for Estate Tax Deficiency

United States v. Holmes - 2016 WL 4363398 (SD Tex. Aug. 16, 2016) Summary - Summary judgment was sought by both the taxpayers and the Government for an estate tax liability. The taxpayers contended that the...more

McGuireWoods LLP State Death Tax Chart

This State Death Tax chart is maintained for the McGuireWoods LLP Website and is updated regularly. Please see full chart below for more information. ...more

Federal Gift, Estate Tax and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemptions & the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount Are Subject to...

The exemptions were increased in 2017 from $5,450,000 to $5,490,000, and the annual exclusion remains the same at $14,000 per donee. These rules mean the following...more

Federal Regulatory Freeze

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