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End of the Line – Part II: Year End Tax Planning Strategies

This article is Part II in a series of tax planning strategies for year-end tax planning for the 2015 tax series. The article addresses the Pooled Income Fund (PIF) which as this article demonstrates, has surprising planning...more

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: An Estate Planning Strategy for a Low-Interest-Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Extremely Low Interest Rates: Your Estate Planning Opportunity is NOW

Janet Yellen this…. Janet Yellen that – good for business, bad for savers. In March 2015, the rates the IRS requires be used for estate planning are as low as ever. There are three estate planning opportunities that thrive on...more

Now’s the time for a charitable lead trust

Affluent families who wish to give to charity while minimizing gift and estate taxes should consider a charitable lead trust (CLT). These trusts are most effective in a low-interest-rate environment, so conditions for taking...more

The Waters of March -The Benefits of Owning Life Insurance within a Cascading Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs)

...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

Give unto Caesar (but not a Dollar More!)-The Benefits and Planning Dexterity of the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Overview - 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

Wealth Management Update - December 2013

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

The Estate Planner - May/June 2013

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 American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: A (Mostly) Happy New Year for the Estate, Gift and GST Taxes

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

2012 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

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

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

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

Attention All Cadets (and Midshipmen)! – Tax Planning Battle Plan for 2012 and Beyond

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

Estate Planning Opportunities Set to Expire in Six Months

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

Gift Tax Planning Opportunities: The Window is Closing

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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