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Proposed 2704 Regulations: Significant Impact on Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

Background: On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations addressing the valuation of certain business interests for federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax...more

IRS phases out valuation discounts - planning likely required before the end of 2016

Earlier this month, the US Treasury issued proposed regulations that, when finalized, will significantly increase the transfer tax cost of transferring interests in family-controlled entities to other family members, both...more

Important news for family-held businesses: IRS proposes imminent changes in family valuation discounts

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued Proposed Regulations to Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. These proposed regulations are directed at family controlled entities (many of which hold operating...more

Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Valuation Discounts

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations on valuation discounts. These proposed regulations make sweeping changes to the valuation rules for family-owned entities. If the proposed regulations...more

Executrix Held Liable Under Federal Claims Statute For Actions Taken Prior to Appointment as Executrix

A decedent died while owing over $340,000 in unpaid federal income tax liabilities. His estate was insolvent. The assets of his estate consisted almost entirely of a 100% interest in one corporation and 50% of another...more

Preserving Your Family Business (or Sale Proceeds) for Generations

As promised, below is a follow-up to my February 29th post. There, I discussed estate tax planning. Below, I want to introduce generation skipping tax planning, using some similar tools. As of 2016, each person has a...more

Plan Ahead to Avoid or Minimize US Estate Tax

If you are not a US resident or a US citizen and are considering buying assets in the US, there are ways to avoid or minimize US estate tax on those assets. ...more

Parties Settle Closely Watched Tax Court Cases Involving Defined Value Clause

The IRS and executors have settled two cases in the United States Tax Court involving members of the Woelbing family, who own Carma Laboratories, Inc., of Franklin, Wisconsin, the maker of Carmex skin care products, and a...more

Will 2015 IRS Notice Boost Foundations’ Mission-Related Investing in 2016?

Foundations are effective vehicles for families who want to make a collective philanthropic impact now and for generations to come. Traditionally, foundations have achieved this impact solely through strategic grantmaking. A...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You’re selling your interest in a charitable remainder trust

Recently finalized regulations eliminate a potential tax shelter involving the sale of an interest in a charitable remainder trust. This brief article offers an example of how the tax shelter worked before the new regs and,...more

"The Estate Planner" – November/December 2014

In this issue: - The Sec. 1031 Exchange - A Powerful Estate Planning Tool - Worried About Challenges To Your Estate Plan? Make It No Contest! - Don't Underestimate The Impact Of State Estate...more

S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

The confusion being engendered by the Uniform Trust Code’s default trust-revocation methodologies (§ 602(c)).

In the pre-Uniform Trust Code UTC), unless the terms of a revocable inter vivos trust provided otherwise, the trust could not have been revoked by the settlor’s will. A will speaks at the time of the testator’s death, an...more

Tax Court Rules on Built-In Gains Discount and Appraiser Qualification

On February 11, 2014, the United States Tax Court issued a memorandum opinion (i) determining the proper method for valuing a holding company (i.e., an S or C corporation holding marketable securities or appreciated...more

Updated PFIC And CFC Definitions And Reporting Rules

The IRS has issued updated reporting regulations under Code Sections 1291, 1298, 6038 and 6046. A lot of the changes are technical definitions, and relate to updates from proposed regulations going back to 1992. ...more

Discerning the true settlor of a trust

The person designated in the terms of a trust as its settlor (creator) may not necessarily be its true settlor (creator). Appearances are often deceiving in the world of the trust. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in §8.43 of...more

Beware: Active Participation of Trustee S-Corporation Shareholder is Required – Technical Advice Memorandum 201317010

Differing points of view have arisen regarding determining the active participation of S-Corporation shareholdings held in Trust....more

Planning for Carried Interests & Avoiding Section 2701

Alternative investments in private equity and hedge funds have gained in popularity over the last two decades and have become a regular allocation of many investment portfolios....more

"With Iron Mountain Ruling, IRS Continues Consistent Approach to Defining REIT ‘Real Estate’"

A significant amount of press attention has been given to an unusual press release filed with the SEC yesterday by Iron Mountain regarding its planned conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Iron Mountain said...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 5, No. 4 -- January 2013

In This Issue: Fiscal Cliff Diving a.k.a. American Taxpayer Relief Act; CoCo Developments; Tax Effect of Money Market Fund Proposals; IRS Issues Final Regulations on Publicly Traded Property; Assessment of Income from...more

Unpaid Federal Taxes, Lead to Federal Tax Liens

Proving that celebrities are not above the law, the IRS recently served rapper Lil’ Kim with a tax lien for allegedly dodging more than $1 million in taxes. While it is celebrity tax stories that most often make the...more

Regression Models and Discount for lack of Marketability

Recent publication of the Discount for Lack of Marketability(DLOM) Job aid for IRS Valuation Professionals has brought fresh scrutiny to the various methods used by valuation practitioners for determining discount for lack of...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 6, No. 2

In This Issue: Table of Contents: California Enacts Legislation Requiring Out-of-State Retailers to Collect Use Tax; SEC Finalizes Rules Exempting Family Offices from Requirement to Register as Investment Adviser;...more

Mofo Tax Talk - Volume 3, No. 4 - January 18, 2011

In this issue: 2010 Tax Relief Act; Knock-Out Option Treated as Direct Ownership of Underlying; Tax System Overhaul Recommended by Deficit Reduction Commission; Proposed Regulations Clarify and Expand Scope of “Publicly...more

Two More Reasons to Consider Converting Your IRA to a Roth IRA Before Year End

This year – 2010 – has been the year of the Roth IRA, with new rules in place permitting taxpayers in any income tax category to convert their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. There has been a plethora of discussion and...more

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