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Estate Planning for Empty Nesters

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Your youngest child is finally off to college. The spare bedroom is now a cozy den. The weekly grocery bill has been cut in half. Even the dog is enjoying the peace and quiet. What to do with your newfound freedom? Before you...more

Do You Have a Foreign Trust?

The answer in the litigation context may not be black and white because it requires a careful, analytical walk through the applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Code, the appropriate regulations and the nonexclusive...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

TIGTA Determines Improvements Are Needed In Estate And Gift Examination Processes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

TIGTA recently released a report discusses their audit of the IRS’s estate and gift tax examination procedures. TIGTA made eight recommendations of changes to the estate and gift tax examination process. The bulk of TIGTA’s...more

Withdrawal of Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September and December of last year, we posted blog articles discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed...more

Tax Reform Update: A Call for Committee Action

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On September 27, 2017, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Chair of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the Speaker of the...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Butler Snow LLP on

Remember all that time and energy you put into figuring out what the proposed regulations under Section 2704 were all about? Well, you’re going to want to try to find a way to get that back. The proposed regulations, the...more

Republicans Announce Tax Reform Framework, Which Includes Repealing Estate Tax

After months of speculation, President Trump and the Republicans have announced their framework for tax reform. While specific details are not known, the key elements of the framework include...more

Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

--Here lies the remains of the Code §2704 Proposed Regulations. RIP, 2016-2017-- As part of President Trump’s mandated review of federal regulations, the Secretary of Treasury has issued a report specifically recommending...more

IRS and Treasury Department Announce Withdrawal of Proposed 2704 Regulations

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, in its Second Report to the President Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it is recommending the complete withdrawal of the proposed 2704...more

Treasury Plans to Pull Unpopular Discount Regulation

As discussed earlier this summer, Treasury and the IRS identified as a burdensome regulation the Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations would severely impact discounts on gifts...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

California Expands Voluntary Disclosure Program for Out-of-State Trusts

by Reed Smith on

On September 25, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill No. 813, which updated the California Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) to include out-of-state trusts with California beneficiaries and non-resident partners of...more

Final Regulations on PRIs Make for Inspirational Reading for Family Foundations

It is not often that you can find inspiration within the Treasury regulations. But if you are a family foundation looking for innovative ways of pursuing your charitable mission, you will come away from reading the nineteen...more

Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps: 4 Takeaways

On September 20, Peterson Sullivan and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt partnered to host a seminar titled Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps for the Construction Industry. Below are some of the key takeaways to consider...more

REIT Implications of the New “Big Six” Tax Reform Framework

by King & Spalding on

On September 27, the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a document called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” (the “Framework”), which lays out the core...more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Staff Addresses Family Trusts With Multistate Trustees

by Allen Matkins on

When the Securities and Exchange Commission two years proposed amendments to Rule 147 and adoption of Rule 147A, I commented on an issue that I foresaw with respect to family and other non-business trusts...more

Projected Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2018 – How Much Can You Transfer?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Consumer Price Index was released by the Labor Department in August 2017. Not everyone anxiously awaits the release of these numbers but the experts have now made estimates of how they will impact estate, gift, and...more

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

Section 7C

by Hogan Lovells on

Raising the red flag on low interest and interest free loans to trusts - Over the years, trusts have consistently proved to be a reliable and attractive vehicle for many, offering flexibility and benefits with regard to...more

Estate Tax Portability – Not So Fast My Friend

by Dickinson Wright on

Many of you have heard of the new Federal estate tax “portability” rule that allows a surviving spouse to effectively inherit any unused federal estate tax exemption of a predeceased spouse. An individual can only use the...more

Audit of Predeceased Spouse Permitted for Purposes of DSUE Adjustment for Surviving Spouse’s Estate

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A husband died in 2012, and his estate filed a gift tax return to report a deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) and elected portability. The IRS sent a letter to husband’s estate accepting the estate tax return as filed....more

Hurricanes, Displacement And The Effect On Domicile

by Murtha Cullina on

In the span of three weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma descended upon the southern United States causing mass evacuations, heroic rescues, and catastrophic damage, particularly in Texas and in Florida. As a result, many...more

Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

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