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Charitable Giving Before Tax Law Changes Under the New Administration

Significant changes are expected to U.S. tax laws following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and the Republican Party’s retention of control over both houses of Congress. The details of...more

Why donor advised funds are useful for year-end charitable giving

Donor advised funds are endowment-like funds that are operated by public charities. When a donor makes a gift to a donor advised fund, a separate fund is created for the donor by the public charity that holds the fund. With...more

Benefit Corporations May Expense Payments to Charities

In a General Information Letter addressing the tax treatment of benefit corporations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that a taxable benefit corporation may deduct payments to charities as business expenses (and...more

'Tis the Season for Year-End Charitable Gifts

As you are making your list and checking it twice, you might want to consider whether you want to make any year-end gifts to your favorite charities. If you do, you will be in good company. According to the National...more

The 5% Solution: IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-42 Provides Relief for the Probability of Exhaustion Test

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) can be a very effective charitable planning tool. Choosing to fund a CRAT can remove assets from the estate of the donor, provide a reliable income stream for a family member and...more

Enforcing Charitable Pledges: New York’s Shifting Landscape

On August 24, 2016, it was widely reported in the business media that Duke University had filed a claim against the estate of Aubrey McLendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., who died in March 2016. The claim was...more

The Donor Advised Fund Alternative to a Family Foundation

There are several gifting vehicles that provide donors and their families with the opportunity to participate in their philanthropy on an ongoing basis. Frequently, families will consider creating and funding a private family...more

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

Election Year Reminders: Cautionary Guidance for Employers That Sponsor PAC/Charity Matching Programs

As we head into the final stretch of the presidential election cycle, employers — both for-profit and nonprofit — may wish to offer employee programs to encourage civic participation, including facilitating political...more

Remembering Four Years Ago, Will Tax Reform Come out of This Lame Duck Session of Congress?

No matter who wins the White House in November, the new president’s agenda will include tax reform. But changes to our tax laws need not wait until after inauguration day, as we learned four years ago when the “fiscal cliff”...more

What Does the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Mean for Modern Philanthropy?

In an open letter to their newborn daughter last December, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan announced they will eventually give 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lives to a variety of...more

Valuation Rule for Early Termination of Net-Income Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

Under Internal Revenue Code § 664, a qualified charitable remainder unitrust each year during its term distributes to a non-charitable beneficiary a fixed percentage (5% or greater) of the value of trust assets, determined...more

4 Takeaways from Council on Foundations 2016 Annual Conference

From April 9 to April 12, I had the good fortune to be part of the Council on Foundations 2016 Annual Conference. The Council welcomed nearly 1,400 leaders in the philanthropic sector to Washington, D.C., for plenary programs...more

Donate art and secure a tax break

Valuable works of art may be ideal candidates for charitable donation. Generally, it’s advantageous to donate appreciated property to avoid capital gains taxes. Because the top capital gains rate for art and other...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 11, No. 1

IRS Addresses a Section 1031 Exchange of Aircraft - While we usually think of real property as the asset most often exchanged under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, the provisions of that are by no means...more

War of the Rosas – Creative Tax Strategies to Balance the Financial Results in Divorce Planning

The War of the Roses is a movie classic above the trials and tribulations of marriage and divorce that sends shivers equally down the spine of about those married and unmarried. Several quotes from the movie include the...more

Wealth Management Update - March 2016

March Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The March § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Act Now to Preserve Your 2015 Charitable Deductions

5 Ways to Be Diligent with Charitable Gifts of Cash Remember that formal benefit dinner you attended last fall? The contentious battle for that golf package at the charity auction in the spring? Your donation to the...more

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Charitable Contribution Deduction Limitations

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Looking Over the Edge of the Cliff– The Use of Pooled Income Funds for the Repatriation of Offshore Carried Interest

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

Provisions Affecting Charities in Proposed Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 features several proposals that would impact charitable organizations and their donors, including proposals to streamline the private foundation excise tax on net...more

Congress Inquires About College and University Endowments

US House Committee on Ways and Means and US Senate Committee on Finance issue joint letter to colleges and universities with endowments greater than $1 billion. On February 8, the US Senate Committee on Finance and the...more

How to Make Sure You Don't Lose Your Charitable Contribution Deduction

In order for a U.S. taxpayer to deduct contributions to charity on his or her federal income tax return (Form 1040), the taxpayer must comply with very specific rules set forth in the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) which...more

Congress Passes Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (Path) Act of 2015, Making Many Tax Extenders Permanent

Action Item: The recently enacted PATH Act contains key tax provisions for businesses and individuals alike, including permanently expanding Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code; extending the availability of...more

Congress Extends Various Tax Benefits

There has been a long history of various tax benefits being extended for short periods. In many recent years, Congress has enacted provisions late in the year, often in December, to extend various provisions for another...more

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