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New partnership audit rules can apply to partnerships, LLCs with only a few partners, members

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Effective in 2018, changes in partnership audit rules may apply the following (and other) consequences to partnerships (including LLCs taxed as such)...more

The BOE Death Trap: Avoid Property Tax Penalties on the Death of a Family Member

In many cases California’s property tax rules automatically penalize insufficiently counseled individuals who inherit interests in real estate-owning legal entities from a family member upon their death. To avoid this...more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

Would You Take on a Job if the IRS Had Discretion to Decide Whether You Got Paid?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Raelinn Spiekhout was the personal representative of the estate of Deborah Scott. The estate was subject to claims of over $1.8 million dollars, including IRS claims for $591,406.05. The principal asset of the estate was real...more

A 529 plan can benefit your estate plan

As summer vacations wind down and thoughts turn back to school activities, people might find themselves reviewing their finances and considering the options for funding their children’s (or grandchildren’s) college...more

An uncertain tax climate: An estate tax repeal might result in negative tax consequences for some families

It’s clear that tax reform is a high priority for the Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress. In particular, the federal estate tax remains a prime target of some lawmakers. One possible scenario is that this...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Conversion of Charitable Lead Trust from Nongrantor Trust to Grantor Trust Does Not Provide a Charitable Deduction to the Grantor

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In PLR 201730012, a charitable lead trust was converted from a nongrantor trust to a grantor trust by adding a power of substitution to the trust provisions. The taxpayer sought a charitable deduction for the deemed...more

Making Use of a Deceased Spouse’s Unused Estate Tax Exemption Simplified

by Genova Burns LLC on

The election for married couples to elect portability of the Federal Estate Tax Exemption was introduced in late 2010 when the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (“TRUIRJCA”) was signed...more

The Federal Government takes aim at private corporations and their shareholders

by Dentons on

On July 18, 2017, the Federal Government released a package of tax measures aimed to “improve fairness”, “close loopholes” and limit tax planning strategies that involve the use of private corporations. The suite of measures...more

IRS Regulations on the Chopping Block

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Tax practitioners have complained for years about the ever-expanding scope and complexity of both the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. A possible shrinkage in the Treasury Regulations may soon occur....more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform under the Trump administration. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax law. Please see...more

McNees Insights – Estate Planning Newsletter - July 2017

Deducting Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions - You can elect each year to itemize deductions rather than claim the standard deduction. Itemized deductions are those that you claim on Schedule A of Form 1040, Itemized...more

BEWARE! Impact of New Tax Rules on Your Family Limited Partnership

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Family limited partnerships (“FLPs”) are a common estate planning technique. They permit centralized asset management, provide liability protection, and create a mechanism by which one generation can transfer wealth to the...more

IRS Grants Taxpayers Two-Year Window to File Portability Election

by Bryan Cave on

In a long-awaited move, the IRS announced recently that taxpayers will now have at least two years to file an estate tax return to elect portability of a decedent’s unused estate tax exemption to the decedent’s surviving...more

Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise: Review Your Will Regularly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many people sign a will and assume they never need to look at it again. As lawyers, we prepare wills that are flexible and deal with multiple possible (even if unlikely) scenarios, but sometimes an unanticipated change and an...more

Treasury Dept. Identifies 8 "Significant Tax Regulations" for Review to Reduce Burden

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on July 7, 2017, in Notice 2017-38 (the Notice) that it has identified as "significant tax regulations" eight sets of U.S. federal tax regulations that were issued between Jan. 1,...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

McGuireWoods LLP State Death Tax Chart

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

IRS Provides Automatic Extension to Make Portability Election (Under Some Circumstances)

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A portability election by the estate of a first spouse to die allows the unused unified credit of the first spouse to be used by the surviving spouse for estate and gift tax purposes. Since Code §2010(c)(5)(A) requires the...more

IRS issues Rev. Proc. 2017-34 to Extend Time to Make Portability Election

by Dickinson Wright on

For individuals dying after December 31, 2010, Section 2010(c) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that the unused estate tax exemption of the first deceased spouse is “portable” between spouses at death. Under this law, a...more

2017 Oklahoma Tax and Fee Legislation

by GableGotwals on

The following are some of the changes in Oklahoma law on state taxation and fees enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2017. Income Tax - Oklahoma Standard Deduction Decoupled from Federal Standard Deduction. For...more

[Webinar] Leveraging to Attain Basis Step-Up; Income Tax Benefits of Losing an FLP Case - July 11th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Please join us for a webinar based on Steve Gorin's Second Quarter 2017 newsletter, Gorin's Business Succession Solutions. In this webinar the presenter will discuss that one can use debt to allow property to obtain a...more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform under the Trump administration. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax law. Please see...more

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