Estate Planning Income Taxes

Estate Planning is a process where individuals prepare or plan for the settlement of their personal affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Estate plans typically include provisions relating to the... more +
Estate Planning is a process where individuals prepare or plan for the settlement of their personal affairs in the event of incapacitation or death. Estate plans typically include provisions relating to the disposition of assets, guardianship of minor children, and appointment of representatives to make medical and financial decisions. Effective estate planning can decrease tax liability and facilitate the probate process.  less -
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Swimming in the Deep End – The Surprising Utility of Pooled Income Funds for High Net Worth Tax Planning

Overview - The old cliché about Charity is that “Charity begins at home.” The federal government has always recognized the social benefit of providing tax incentives for individual and corporate taxpayers in order to...more

Adapting to the times: Estate planning focus shifts to income taxes

As the gift and estate tax exemption has significantly increased, and the estate tax rate decreased, individual income tax and capital gains tax rates have increased. This means that those who expect to have little or no...more

Getting More Out of Trusts: The Total Return Unitrust

Trusts have become a basic tool in estate planning. Virtually every trust provides for the distribution of income to the current beneficiary, either mandatory or in the trustee’s discretion. The reasons for this vary. In a...more

Trusts and Estates Planning Opportunities Arising From Recent Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax Regimes

On April 1, 2014, the New York state 2014–2015 budget (the "Budget") became effective. The Budget includes legislation (the "Budget Legislation") that makes several significant changes to New York's estate tax regime and to...more

Action Needed by March 31, 2014 to Avoid Proposed Changes to New York Estate Taxes and Trust Income Taxes

If Governor Cuomo’s proposals are enacted, New Yorkers and non-residents with property located in New York may be facing new taxes this April Fools’ Day. - New York Estate Tax First, the good news — under the...more

Significant Changes Proposed to New York Estate and Income Tax Laws

The New York State Legislature is considering some significant proposed changes to the New York estate tax law, the tax treatment of gifts by New York residents, and New York income taxation of certain trusts. Some important...more

What's New for Tax Year 2013 (When Filing in 2014)

The following are select tax topics affecting individuals and businesses for tax year 2013. Individuals - Top Tax Rates: Single filers with taxable incomes exceeding $400,000 ($450,000 for married...more

The 13.3% Solution: of DINGs, NINGs, WINGs and Other ThINGs

Wealthy taxpayers have now experienced the impact of higher federal and state income tax rates for a full year. Many have created or would like to create trusts for their children and grandchildren, which also could be...more

"The Estate Planner" – January/February 2014

In this issue: - Planning For The Net Investment Income Tax - The Stretch IRA: A Simple Yet Powerful Estate Planning Tool - Do You Know How To Address IP In Your Estate Plan? - Estate Planning Red...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Richard Goldstein

Richard M. Goldstein is chairman of the tax and wealth preservation group in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Miami office and represents numerous family businesses, U.S. residents and nonresident aliens, multinational...more

Equal Tax Treatment for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Recent Supreme Court Ruling and IRS Guidance

Same-sex marriages now are being recognized under federal tax law for the first time. In June 2013, the Supreme Court released its decision in United States v. Windsor, 530 U.S. 12 (2013), declaring Section 3 of the federal...more

Thinking Of Establishing Florida Residency? What To Consider Before Changing Your Legal Residence

Many clients whose family circumstances and employment situation permit them to spend in excess of six months every year in Florida may elect to become Florida residents. The biggest advantage, compared to being Michigan...more

Appellate Court Limits Illinois Power to Impose 'Permanent' Tax Residency on Inter Vivos Trusts

Under the Illinois Income Tax Act (“IITA”), an Illinois resident taxpayer is taxable on 100 percent of its income and a non-resident taxpayer is taxable only on Illinois source income. Until December 2013, whether a taxpayer...more

Tax Issues to Consider When Planning Your Estate

During estate planning, most people are concerned about ensuring that the people they care about most receive a portion of their material possessions. For certain estates, however, there are many ways in which faulty or...more

A Common Estate Planning Technique Saves Taxpayers Money but has Cost the United States Billions

In 2000, the United States Tax Court in Walton v. Commission of Revenue, 115 T.C. 589 (U.S. Tax Ct. 2000) gave approval to the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (“GRAT”), and since that time, the GRAT has saved taxpayers...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

DID YOU KNOW? News You Need Now From Perkins Coie's Family Office Services Group

Welcome to the Family Office Services Group's new update series "Did You Know?" It is an easy-to-read, timely and brief focus on legal issues and developments facing you and Family Offices throughout the year. ...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2013: Estate Planning Pitfall - You haven’t reviewed your trusts this year

If an estate plan includes one or more trusts, it’s a good idea to review them in light of recent tax law changes. Higher income taxes — on individuals as well as trusts — may make it advisable to rethink the way the trusts...more

Implications of the Supreme Court’s Windsor Decision on Estate Planning for Same-sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court, in its decision in United States v. Windsor, overturned Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). The Court ruled that the Federal government could not deny tax and other...more

How Does DOMA Ruling Affect Your Estate and Tax Planning?

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. U.S. has effectively struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, retroactively. Here are some tax advantages now available to married same-sex...more

United States v. Windsor: A New Direction in Planning for Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor1 overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.2 As a result, married...more

DOMA Undone

Signed into law in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, defined “marriage” for purposes of federal law as a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and “spouse” as a person of the opposite sex....more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2013

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its decisions in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth, et. al. v. Perry et. al., thus ending a four year "fast-track" judicial expedition of the validity of the...more

Estate Planning Opportunities Arising from Recent Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Concerning Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional in the case of United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”). In a related case, the...more

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