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High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 2

Borrowing Against Art Collections - Your art collection may not be as illiquid as you think. It is possible to raise cash by borrowing against works of art. Although some banks do not offer art-secured loans because of...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2015

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

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 1

Recent Case Illustrates Importance of Keeping Legal Entities in Good Standing - A recent United States Tax Court case illustrates the importance of keeping legal entities in good standing. In Medical Weight Control...more

The Artist’s Legacy – Gifts of Art to Family and Friends

In our last blog post, Christine Steiner addressed artists’ business and legal challenges. In this post, Lauren Liebes will address unique issues artist face when making gifts to family and friends of visual art they have...more

Tom Brady: Give Malcolm that Truck!

I am not much of a true football fan. I have little interest in Monday night games, player stats, or the draft. But as a true New Englander, in support of my family and friends who love the Patriots, I’ll always make a point...more

The Artist’s Legacy – Business and Legal Planning Issues

Sheppard Mullin attorneys Christine Steiner and Lauren Liebes recently joined Weston Naef, Getty Photography Curator Emeritus, and ASA appraiser Jennifer Stoots for “What Will Become of Your Legacy”, a panel discussion at Los...more

Keep Your Collection Away from the Collectors: Tax Planning for Fine Art

Appreciation of fine art can create challenging tax issues, but with proper planning collectors can minimize the estate, gift, and income tax consequences of their collections. For taxpayers hoping to keep their works...more

Fifth Circuit Court Reverses Tax Court Ruling on Fractional Interest Valuation Discounts

On September 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a 2013 Tax Court decision that had allowed only a nominal, 10% fractional interest discount for artwork included in a decedent’s estate....more

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013 Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy?

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy? by Joel R. Glucksman on August 6, 2013 In the wake of Detroit filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, many analysts are looking at the...more

Advanced Estate and Tax Planning for Art and Other Fine Collections

A composite of studies of trust and estate attorneys, trust officers, and financial planners revealed that: • Fewer than 10% of plans for their clients addressed art, antiques, and collectibles • Fewer than 10% used art...more

Section 2704 Tackles Estate For A Claims Court Loss

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A company formed to operate an NFL franchise runs afoul of Section 2704 at the death of its principal stockholder. While the estate put forth some creative arguments to elude the grasp of Section 2704,...more

PLR 201119003 No Gifts Triggered by Trust Transfers to Resolve Family Discord

Erskine Summary: The IRS has privately ruled that transactions between a marital trust and a decedent's children from his first marriage to resolve discord between his surviving spouse and her stepchildren over the management...more

Tax Planning with copyrights for artists and collectors

The IRS treats the tangible artwork and the intangible copyrights as two separate assets, so collectors and artists have an advantage on gifting each separately to charitable and non-charitable beneficiaries for both estate...more

The Art Of Taxes: Major Changes To The Federal Transfer Tax System

Ars longs, vita brevis. Art is immortal, artists are mortal. Taxes impinge on every part of the art world and are a concern for both artists and collectors. Planning for and administering estates of artists and owners of art...more

THE BOSS’S ENDURING EMPIRE: Analyzing Estate Tax Consequences of George Steinbrenner's Passing

The death of George Steinbrenner on July 13, 2010 serves as an interesting study into the effect of the temporary repeal of the federal estate tax – and the failure of Congress to correct the problem before the end of 2009. ...more

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