...I recall hearing Bossa Nova as a ten year old at my neighbor’s house in the Panama Canal Zone – Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. The Waters of March is one of many great songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and sung by Elis...more
I have to admit that I was a pretty good high school Latin student. In fact it may have been my best subject. When I got to West Point, I was in for very rude awakening. Not only did I realize too late that...more
The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.0%, which is unchanged from last month. The December applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more
In This Issue:
- Exemption portability: Should you rely on it?
- Decant a trust to add trustee flexibility
- Using the GST tax exemption to build a dynasty
- Estate Planning Red Flag: Your plan includes a...more
The nation having stepped off the dreaded fiscal cliff at the end of 2012, Congress immediately pulled the ripcord, passing the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the 2012 Act) on New Year’s Day. President Obama signed...more
Now that the election is over, we anticipate having some guidance soon with respect to the numerous tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years. Many tax benefits are scheduled to...more
Ready, set, go! Following the Presidential election last night, the race is on for year-end tax planning and bracing for the fall off the fiscal cliff.
While no one can tell exactly what the tax outcome will be after...more
In case you have been in the trenches or out at Sea since the beginning of the year, here is what the tax landscape looks like going forward into 2013. The Bush tax cuts are due to expire at the end of 2012 absent tax reform...more
The next six months provide a short window of opportunity to make substantial gifts without incurring any gift tax. The Federal gift tax exemption is currently $5,120,000, enabling an individual to make aggregate lifetime...more
As our clients know from our prior alerts, the last few years have seen unprecedented changes in the federal tax on gifts and bequests. One element of this was the unexpected increase in the federal gift and estate tax...more
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