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Foreign Asset Disclosure Program
The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.4%. This is up from September's 2.0% rate. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more
When a client walks into a bank he or she is bombarded with signs indicating that the funds deposited in the bank are insured by the FDIC. Even if the client does not fully comprehend what that means, the signs offer the...more
This article discusses the use of private placement products - private placement deferred variable annuities (PPVA) and private placement life insurance (PPLI)- in post mortem income tax and transfer tax...more
The May § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 1.2%, which is a slight decrease from April's rate of 1.4%. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a...more
High net worth and income taxpayers find themselves in a world of hurt following tax reform at the end of 2012. The top marginal bracket for taxpayers with more than $400,000 (single and $450,000 married)...more
New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more
The IRS recently released the long-awaited updated version of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), Revenue Procedure 2013-12. EPCRS allows the sponsor of a tax-deferred retirement plan to voluntarily...more
The wait is over. The taxpayer got dangled over the Fiscal Cliff and was allowed to have a controlled fall. For the high income taxpayer, the fall resulted in a broken ankle, bruised ribs and a minor...more
Defined benefit plan sponsors have become very focused on ways to control their asset volatility and to remove pension liabilities from their balance sheets. In fact, it would be fair to call “de-risking” a hot global issue...more
Originally published in the Journal of Taxation of Investments in December 2012.
This article is designed to provide an overview of the benefits of private placement life insurance (PPLI) and private...more
Ready, set, go! Following the Presidential election last night, the race is on for year-end tax planning and bracing for the fall off the fiscal cliff.
While no one can tell exactly what the tax outcome will be after...more
Originally published in Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal, x, 11/08/2012.
The current tax environment suffers from a lot of economic and political uncertainty. The general consensus...more
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act ended the not so well well-kept secret of hedge fund managers, the deferred compensation arrangement with their offshore funds or as the New York Times described, “an...more
In Part I of this series, I introduced the Super Roth IRA an alternative to the Roth IRA and traditional IRA. The Super Roth IRA uses the tax-advantages of permanent life insurance and is a more flexible...more
Over the last few weeks I have been diligently outlining tax planning strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income. These strategies have ranged from structured settlement arrangements using private placement...more
In Part 5, I focus on the utility of the QSF from an investment funding perspective to illustrate how private placement life insurance can be used in a split dollar life insurance funding format in order to to create a...more
Part I of this series focused on tax reduction and deferral strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income using private placement variable deferred annuities in lieu of fixed annuities for structured...more
In This Issue:
- Investment Income Surtax ...2
- Trusts and Estates ...3
- Increased Threshold for Deducting Medical Expenses ...3
- Planning Opportunities ... 4
Excerpt from Headline Article: Tax Increases...more
Originally published in Trusts & Estates/Wealthmanagement.com - July 2012.
Frozen cash value (FCV) is best known as a private placement flexible premium variable adjustable (universal) life insurance policy that’s issued...more
Originally published in Journal Of Taxation Of Investments - Summer 2012.
Although no one can predict what Congress will do at any point, it is quite likely we will see higher income tax rates in the near future, along...more
In a memorandum opinion issued in Principal Life Insurance Company v. Lawrence Rucker 2007 Insurance Trust on June 26, 2012, a federal district court applied the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in PHL Variable Life Insurance...more
On July 3, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) posted the public sections of the initial resolution plans submitted by sixteen large bank holding companies. ...more
Banking organizations required to file resolution plans, or “living wills,” received some additional instruction this past Tuesday, July 3, 2012, when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) and the Federal Reserve...more
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently held in the case In Re King, that even though the debts of the decedent were greater than her assets at death, the life insurance proceeds, payable to her trust created prior to her...more
In This Issue:
- Make health care decisions while you’re healthy
- Which planning strategies should unmarried couples implement?
- Due diligence required when taking charitable deductions
- Estate Planning...more