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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Successfully Selling Your Business: 4 Tips – No Matter the Buyer

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their company Pawlenty Energy. Recently Tilting the Scales highlighted Successfully Selling Your...more

IRS Proposes Regulations That Would Increase Wealth Transfer Taxes in Family-Controlled Entities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed regulations on August 2, 2016, under which transfers to family members of interests in family-controlled entities — including partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs) and...more

Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, passed in December 2015, extended an often overlooked provision of the tax code with the potential to provide significant savings to small business owners and non-corporate...more

Proposed regulations will significantly impact the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities

New rules have been proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which would regulate the valuation of transfers of business interests between family members. Based upon recent interpretation, it appears that the IRS is...more

Where Do Our Presidential Candidates Stand on Estate Tax?

Both presidential candidates have proposed changes to the estate tax regime. Coming as a surprise to nobody, the proposals are quite different....more

Hillary Clinton Advises of Changes She Would Make to the Estate Tax Rate

And its not downward – surprise! Last week, Hillary advised that she would like to move the highest estate tax rate from its current 40% to 65%. ...more

Jointly-Owned Property: Not Always the Right Plan

For any number of reasons, you have decided to add a partner, child, or close friend as a joint owner on one or more of your assets. Perhaps you are concerned about becoming disabled, and want to know that your loved one can...more

Proposed Regulations Under IRC Section 2704 Seek to Eliminate Discounts on Transfers of Family Business Interests

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 2704 (the “Proposed Regulations”). The Proposed Regulations, if finalized in...more

Mission Near Impossible - Reliance on Professionals Defense to Late Filing and Payment Penalties

An estate sought relief for $1.189 million in penalties for the late filing of a Form 706 and the late payment of estate taxes when the filing and payment were over a year late. The U.S. District Court granted the...more

Estate Planning Valuation Discounts Under Section 2704: An Update

For about a generation, families have taken minority discounts when valuing interest in closely-held businesses for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. This popular estate planning technique is often...more

Projected Inflation-Adjusted Estate, Gift and GST Tax Exclusion Amounts for 2017 Now Available

Based on the Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period ending August 31, 2016, Thompson Reuters Checkpoint has released their projected inflation-adjusted Estate, Gift, GST tax, and other exclusion amounts for 2017, as...more

IRS Proposes Valuation Discount Regulations: Implications for Family-Controlled Businesses

IRS issues new proposed rules aimed at eliminating valuation discounts for transfers of interests in family-controlled entities. Clients considering making transfers of interests in such entities should act soon....more

Valuation Discounts to Family-Controlled Entities in Peril Under Proposed IRS Regulations

On August 4, the Internal Revenue Service finally issued much anticipated proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations are intended to significantly limit taxpayers' ability to apply...more

Deloitte’s $500 Million Sentence

We have assisted many accounting firms in the creation or revision of their client engagement letters. They very often question the need to include certain provisions intended to limit their liability to their clients and...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

Proposed changes to Section 2704 could spur tax increase for owners of closely held businesses

Controversial proposed regulations issued by the Treasury and the IRS on August 4, 2016, would change rules for valuing interests in business entities of which a person or a family owns at least one-half. The regulations...more

Proposed Tax Regulations Limit Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

For family business owners who desire to transfer ownership of part of their business to the next generation, the valuation of the business interest is often an important factor to consider. This is especially true for family...more

IRS Proposes New Rules Designed to Restrict Valuation Discounts in Family Transfers

Partnerships and LLCs are common choices of entity for family-owned businesses, due to their flexibility and the many uses to which they can be put – including pooling of family assets, succession planning, asset protection,...more

Clinton and Trump Propose Diametrically Opposed Tax Plans

The tax plans proposed by the candidates are perhaps the most conventional element in an unconventional election year as both plans hew closely to their parties' proposals. In the broadest sense, Secretary Clinton's tax plan,...more

[Webinar] U.S. Tax and Estate Planning for Foreign Persons - Meritas Capability Webinar - September 27th - 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Many successful people come to the United States from other countries, either permanently or on study or work assignments that are intended to last just for a few years. These people may earn income in the United States and...more

IRS Attempts Collection Against Surviving Spouse and Marital Deduction Property

In a recent U.S. District Court case from the Southern District of California, the court ruled on several motions to dismiss relating to the IRS' attempt to impose liability on a surviving spouse for estate taxes on the...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Regarding Valuation Discounts for Transfers of Family-Controlled Entities, if Enacted, Would Apply...

After years of anticipation, the U.S. IRS recently issued Proposed Treasury Regulations that would, if enacted in their current form, substantially eliminate most valuation discounts for family-controlled entities and result...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

Making Lifetime Gifts Saves Federal Taxes

Lifetime Gifts Yield Estate and Gift Tax Savings - The federal gift tax annual exclusion currently allows each individual to give up to $14,000 each year to an unlimited number of donees – entirely free of tax. (Under...more

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