Estate Tax

Estate taxes, also known as inheritance or death taxes, are taxes on an individual's right to transfer property at death.
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Proposed 2704 Regulations Attack Valuation Discounts

The IRS has expanded the scope of IRC Section 2704 by issuing proposed regulations that seek to limit the availability of valuation discounts for transfers of interests in family-controlled entities. In general, the purpose...more

Proposed Rules Would Limit Valuation Discounts for Family Controlled Entities

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations that would severely limit valuation discounts for lack of marketability and lack of control that taxpayers have historically applied for federal gift,...more

IRS Proposes Rules That Would Dramatically Reduce Valuation Discounts in Family Business Succession Planning

Business Owners May Have Little Time to Act Before Rules Are Finalized - The valuation of a family member's interest in a family business has a major impact on the success or failure of a transfer of such interest to...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

IRS Proposes New Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Owned Businesses

Earlier this month, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code that, if adopted, will have a substantial impact on traditional estate planning techniques commonly utilized...more

Is Your Will Up to Date? - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Once again, a celebrity dies, and people are shocked that he died without a will. Just this past April, after the death of the well-known artist Prince, we learned that he did not have a will, and controversy is swirling...more

IRS Proposes New Regulations That Will Significantly Limit the Use of Valuation Discounts on Transfers of Interests in Closely...

The proposed regulations disregard restrictions that have been used by valuation experts and acknowledged by the courts to reduce valuations. If you are an owner of a closely held entity, recently proposed Treasury...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department released proposed regulations amending and expanding upon the current regulations to Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, if adopted, would affect the...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Valuations of Family-Owned Companies

On August 2, 2016, the IRS released Proposed Regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (“Code”). Those Proposed Regulations, which were published in the Federal Register August 4, 2016, make...more

Proposed IRS regulations will limit valuation discounts for family-held entities

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations that, when finalized, will affect clients holding and transferring interests in family-controlled entities. Family limited partnerships...more

Proposed IRS Rules Endanger Business Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Entities

Historically, the IRS has closely scrutinized transfers of interests in family-owned entities between family members. In particular, it has sought to curtail the use of discounts to decrease the estate and gift tax value of...more

Newly Released Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 Apply Broadly to Disallow Valuation Discounts for Transfer Tax Purposes,...

Overview - On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department issued much anticipated proposed regulations under §2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which, if finalized in their current form, will make very significant changes...more

Proposed Regulations May Substantially Reduce the Availability of Valuation Discounts for Interfamily Transfers of Business...

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department published Proposed Regulations to Chapter 14 of the Internal Revenue Code which, if adopted, may substantially reduce the availability of valuation discounts for inter-family...more

Proposed Regulations Would Curtail Most Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Businesses – 2016 Planning Opportunity

Recently proposed Treasury Regulations (“Proposed Regulations”), if enacted as proposed, would curtail valuation discounts that currently reduce the value of certain business interests transferred during life or at death for...more

New Proposed Regulations Concerning Valuation Discounts

Proposed tax regulations issued on August 2, 2016 could eliminate or radically reduce the availability of valuation discounts in connection with the transfer of interests in closely held entities to family members. These new...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code §2704 Impacting Gift and Estate Taxes

The IRS has at last issued long-anticipated proposed regulations under Code §2704. We perceive the proposed regulations as an attempt by the IRS to curtail the use of discounts – such as minority interest and lack of...more

Federally Proposed Rules to Increase Tax Cost of Family-Entity Transfers

The federal government proposed sweeping new tax rules earlier this month that would dramatically affect family businesses, investment partnerships and other entities.  These rules, which have been widely reported, would...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations To Affect Family Wealth Transfers

On August 2, 2016 the U.S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulations addressing transfers between family members of interests in family-controlled entities (e.g., corporations, partnerships and LLCs). If enacted, these...more

Act Now to Avoid Proposed IRS Rules Which Would Eliminate Valuation Discounts for Intra-Family Transfers of Interests in Family...

Action Item: Owners of family businesses and investment entities (such as family limited partnerships, limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and corporations) are urged to consider making transfers of interests in those...more

Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Valuation Discounts

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations on valuation discounts. These proposed regulations make sweeping changes to the valuation rules for family-owned entities. If the proposed regulations...more

Practice Aid – A Redlined Version of the Proposed Section 2701 and 2704 Regulations

These proposed regulations are difficult enough in substance to deal with, without having to piece together the changes that they make to the existing regulations. Maybe there is a redlined version out there already, but I...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 11, No. 2

IRS Seeks to Limit Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities: Proposed Section 2704 Regulations - Proposed regulations issued on August 2, if finalized in their present form, will significantly limit the ability...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations Would Impose Significant Restrictions on Valuation Discount Planning for Family Controlled...

High net worth families often utilize family entity structures, such as limited partnerships or limited liability companies, in order to provide for the coordinated management of family assets and move wealth to younger...more

IRS Plans to Disallow Minority Interest Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities; Action May Be Required Before Year-End

Gifts and bequests of interests in family-owned companies have traditionally been valued at their fair market values for purposes of calculating the gift or estate tax on the transfer. In valuing these transfers, there is...more

Game Changer? Succession Planning Targeted by IRS

The Department of the Treasury wants to place limitations on valuation discounts that are currently commonly used to reduce asset values in family-owned and closely-held businesses, in an effort to increase tax revenue. The...more

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