American Taxpayer Relief Act

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is a United States federal statue enacted in 2012 to address certain aspects of the so-called Fiscal Cliff, i.e. certain mandatory tax increases and budget cuts set to... more +
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is a United States federal statue enacted in 2012 to address certain aspects of the so-called Fiscal Cliff, i.e. certain mandatory tax increases and budget cuts set to take effect at the beginning of 2013.  ATRA extends certain tax cuts, modifies the estate tax and tax rates on income.  The Act also provides for certain Medicare, unemployment and farm payments. less -
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Estate Planning in 2014

Exemptions and Rates - On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) into effect to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” setting the unified Federal gift and estate tax exemption at $5...more

Spotlight on SALT: More States Conform to Beneficial Federal Tax Treatment of IC-DISCs

U.S. exporters meeting a few requirements are able to use the IC-DISC (Interest Charge – Domestic International Sales Corporation) to achieve beneficial federal income tax treatment of their export sales. An IC-DISC is...more

Additional Guidance On In-Plan Rollovers to Roth Accounts

On December 11, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-74 to provide guidance regarding "in-plan Roth rollovers" (also commonly referred to as "in-plan Roth conversions"). This Notice builds on Notice 2010-84 which addressed...more

Employee Benefits Developments February 2014

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded In-Plan Roth Rollover Rules - The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 enacted rules under which 401(k), 403(b), and governmental 457(b) plans may provide for...more

New Opportunities For In-Plan Roth Rollovers

In furtherance of Section 902 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2013-74 updating prior IRS guidance regarding so-called “in-plan” Roth conversions...more

IRS Issues Notice on Expanded In-Plan Roth Conversion Option

Guidance confirms that plan sponsors have flexibility in designing and implementing a feature that allows participants to convert vested pre-tax balances to after-tax Roth balances....more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Income Tax Cost Basis Planning

Prior to the recent and significant increases in the federal estate tax exemption amount, many clients engaged in planning the purpose of which was to ensure the use of both spouses’ exemption amount through the use of a...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013: Can portability help preserve retirement benefits?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) made the estate tax exemption “portability” feature permanent. This allows a surviving spouse to take advantage of a deceased spouse’s unused federal gift and estate tax...more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2013

In This Issue: - State death taxes can be hazardous to your estate - Can portability help preserve retirement benefits? - Provide for family members with special needs using an SNT - Estate...more

Automatic Reductions in Subsidy Payments for Certain Direct Pay Bonds will Continue for Fiscal Year 2014

Pursuant to the requirements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on March 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order reducing the budgetary authority in accounts subject to...more

IRS Clarifies Guidance for Determining When Construction Has Begun for the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit

On September 20, 2013, the IRS released Notice 2013-60 (the “Notice”), clarifying the requirements that must be satisfied in order for certain renewable energy facilities to qualify for the Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) and...more

IRS Notice 2013-60 Clarifies Rules on Beginning of Construction

On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released Notice 2013-60, which clarifies in important ways the eligibility rules applicable to the investment tax credit (“ITC”) and production tax...more

IRS Likely to Supplement "Beginning Construction" Guidance

As most of you are aware, Congress in the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" eliminated the "placed in service" deadline for purposes of the renewable energy tax credits. In its place, Congress required for purposes of...more

CMS Releases Final FFY 2014 IPPS Rule

CMS has released its final federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) rule for inpatient stays in acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The rule projects a net increase in operating payments to...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2013: Making gifts still matters, even after ATRA

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) eliminated much of the uncertainty that plagued estate planning for years by making two key provisions “permanent”: the $5 million gift and estate tax exemption (adjusted...more

The "Permanent" Relief Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), setting the unified Federal gift and estate tax exemption at $5 million, indexed for inflation ($5.25 million for 2013, expected to...more

Supreme Court DOMA Decision—Part II: Wage Overstatements and Tax Refunds

In part one of this two-part series, “Supreme Court DOMA Decision — Part I: Fringe Benefits and Other Tax Implications,” I reviewed the fringe benefit and tax implications of the United States v. Windsor decision....more

Now is the Time for Business Succession Planning

Toward the end of 2012, many families with wealth tied to a family business were faced with a choice: 1) avail themselves of the expiring $5.12 million estate and gift tax exemption by gifting interests in their family...more

Beyond Tax Reform Jujitsu: Getting to ‘Yes’

Congress and the administration can still achieve the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax laws in nearly 30 years; such reform could occur with or without an agreement to enact fundamental entitlement spending...more

Insights - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 - Tax Planning for the “New Normal” - HIPAA: Not Just for Health Care - ADA Requirements for Pools - Impact of Dodd-Frank Swap Regulations on Loan Documents -...more

Transfer Taxes After The Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”) had a profound impact on the transfer tax system. I will briefly describe that system and then, by way of background, set the stage for these changes by summarizing...more

Tax Planning for the “New Normal”

Effective January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) was enacted into law, finally settling years of debate over the fate of the Bush era tax cuts. On the same day, the 3.8% Medicare Tax on net...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - May 2013: Significant changes in tax rates in store for 2013 and beyond

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) combine to produce significant changes in tax rates for 2013 and future years. The 2012 Tax Act...more

The Fallout from the American Taxpayer Relief Act – What a Relief?

Because the media cycle moves so quickly these days, you may have already forgotten about the frantic last few days of 2012, during which Congress and the White House worked feverishly to save us all from going off the...more

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