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Consider Your Options for Charitable Giving - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

There are many charitable giving options that are available to fit a donor’s specific goals. You do not have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett to make a difference in the world now and after you are gone. Most of our...more

2014 Statistics of Income

The IRS regularly releases information garnered from tax filings. For those with an interest in this sort of information, based on individual income tax returns for 2014...more

Filling the UK pensions gap - Employers are scrambling to placate top earners with more attractive options for tax relief...

The speculated sweeping pensions tax relief measures in the 2016 budget failed to materialise, much to the relief of nervous benefits managers across the United Kingdom. Although this major overhaul has been averted (or,...more

The Charitable IRA Rollover is Now Permanent!

Under the normal rules, an IRA distribution is included in the gross income of a donor, who then may claim a charitable income tax deduction if she contributes that money to charity. There has been a special rule for...more

IRS declares identity protection services not taxable

The IRS announced last week that the value of identity theft protection services are not taxable and do not have to be included in gross income calculations for tax purposes. Identity theft continues to be the number one...more

Statute of Limitation: Congress Overrules Home Concrete and Retroactively Removes Some Taxpayer Defenses

On July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236; Pub. Law No. 114-41) (the 2015 Act) into law. In addition to extending various...more

Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter - Summer 2015

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This summer’s weather is a mix of hot and cold temperatures, and the rain we need so desperately is coming now in sprinkles along with thunder and lightning. Along with changes in the...more

Indiana Supreme Court Refuses To Apply A Company’s Foreign Source Dividend Deduction To Its NOL Calculations

On August 25, 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court issued its decision in Indiana Department of State Revenue v. Caterpillar, Inc., holding that the plain meaning of the Indiana tax statutes prohibited the company from increasing...more

Tax And Business Planning For Farmers To Avoid Higher Taxes And Loss Of Subsidies

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka - the 2014 Farm Bill) has been controversial, to say the least. Among its many changes are an $8 billion cut to the “food stamp” program. The Farm Bill also drastically modifies or ends...more

A Hidden Trap in Obamacare

Beginning this year, there is a “gotcha” which middle income individuals who might be able to qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s (“Obamacare”) “premium assistance credit” (“PAC”). There are many instances in the Internal...more

Production Includes Growing

A U.S. shareholder of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) has gross income on its share of the CFC's subpart F income. This income includes “foreign base company sales income” or FBCSI. ...more

Congress Reinstates Income Tax Advantages for Conservation Easements

Executive Summary: Congress has temporarily reinstated certain income tax advantages for donations of conservation easements. These advantageous provisions are scheduled to expire at the end of 2013....more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 - The Effects On Charitable Giving

In This Issue: - Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations - Other Law Changes Affecting Charitable Contributions - Excerpt from Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations: The...more

Fiscal Cliff Deal Preserves Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Benefits

Conservation easements are an effective tool for tax and estate planning and there are significant tax benefits to implementing them in 2013....more

Recent tax law changes of 2013

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. Summarized below are highlights of those and other changes to Federal tax laws affecting income, payroll, gift and estate, and...more

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...more

Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law: A Unique (But Brief) Opportunity for IRA Rollovers and Other Highlights

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 enacted in Washington last week creates a unique opportunity for charitable giving. Individuals with IRAs who have attained age 70½ may make a tax-free rollover to charity of up to...more

Summary of Income Tax Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

As you no doubt are aware, Congress just passed, and the President just signed into law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act is effective as of January 1, 2013. This summary addresses certain of...more

Revival of the Direct Charitable IRA Transfer

The new Fiscal Cliff legislation, H.R.8, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” (“ATRA”) extends the Direct Charitable IRA Transfer treatment through December 31, 2013. This means that Donors age 70½ or older can ask their IRA...more

2013 Brings New Taxes to High Income Taxpayers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) comes with two new taxes for higher income taxpayers beginning on January 1, 2013: (i) a 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on net investment...more

The Family Investment Company - An Integrated Income and Estate Tax Planning Tool

Overview - As we approach the edge of the fiscal cliff over the last two weeks of 2012, some of you may be wondering if there is any last minute tax planning that might be done to avoid sending a large check to Uncle...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part III

Maximizing Charitable Strategies When Cash is Short 1. Overview - This series has focused on strategies to reduce taxation for the current tax year and the impending fall off the Cliff. This installment will...more

McNees Insights - Fall 2012

In This Issue: Year-End Tax Planning - Year-end planning is a bigger challenge this year than in past years because, unless Congress acts, tax rates will go up next year, many more individuals will be snared by...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part II

A. Overview - Part I of this series focused on the impact of impending tax increases following the Presidential Election for corporate executives and salaried professionals. Part II of the series will focus on...more

The Super Roth IRA[1] - For Regular Guys (and Gals) - Part 2

Overview - 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

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