Estate Tax Internal Revenue Service

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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Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax...more

Client Alert: Estate and Gift Tax Limits Announced for 2017

The IRS has issued the estate and gift tax limits for 2017 (Rev. Proc. 2016-55). For an estate of a person dying in 2017, the basic exclusion amount is $5,490,000 for determining the credit against federal estate tax. This...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2017

February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The February § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

A Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In Notice 2017-12 (the “Notice”) the IRS announced that an “account transcript” from the agency can substitute for an Estate Tax Closing Letter (“ETCL”)....more

January Tax Tidbits

Tax Tips for January 2017 are listed below. Rev Rul 2017-02, 2017-3 IRB January 2017 Rates: ..Section 7520 Rate: 2.4% ..Annual Short Term AFR (0-3 years): 0.96% ..Annual Mid Term AFR (3-9 years):...more

IRS Permits Trust Division Without Adverse Federal Tax Consequences

In Private Letter Rulings 201702005 and 201702006, the IRS favorably ruled on federal tax consequences of a proposed trust division. But for a minor change in facts, the two rulings are identical, so we will focus only on...more

Statute of Limitations and Collections Process Against Executrix and Agent for Estate Tax Deficiency

United States v. Holmes - 2016 WL 4363398 (SD Tex. Aug. 16, 2016) Summary - Summary judgment was sought by both the taxpayers and the Government for an estate tax liability. The taxpayers contended that the...more

Federal Gift, Estate Tax and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemptions & the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount Are Subject to...

The exemptions were increased in 2017 from $5,450,000 to $5,490,000, and the annual exclusion remains the same at $14,000 per donee. These rules mean the following...more

Federal Regulatory Freeze

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Change is Coming: A Look at Trump and Republican Tax Proposals

Tax reform is coming, and you better be ready. Regardless of how you voted in November, the United States will have a new president Friday and the Republican Party will be in control of both houses of Congress....more

A Reprieve from Proposed Regulations Related to Valuation of Family Businesses?

In December, we posted a blog discussing a much anticipated hearing held on the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704...more

IRS Formalizes Transcripts as Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In 2005, I discussed how the IRS had posted information on its website that an account transcript notation bearing transaction code “421” could be used to determine that the IRS had concluded its review of a filed estate tax...more

Estate Administrative Update: IRS Notice Confirms Account Transcripts May Serve as Estate Tax Closing Letter

Recently, the IRS issued Notice 2017-12, providing further guidance on ways to confirm that the IRS has closed its examination of an estate tax return. Notice 2017-12 officially confirms what the IRS website has said for...more

Treasury Department Unofficial Statements on Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

There is a lot of uncertainty whether the Section 2704 proposed regulations will ever be finalized, either due to policy to be set by President-elect Trump, and/or Congressional efforts to block those regulations....more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

Ron Aucutt’s “Top Ten” Estate Planning and Estate Tax Developments of 2016

In an always-anticipated annual tradition, Ronald Aucutt, a McGuireWoods partner and co-chair of the firm’s private wealth services group, has identified the following as the top ten estate planning and estate tax...more

2016 Year-End Trusts & Estates Update

As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to share with you a number of recent developments affecting trust and estate planning that may be of interest: Final regulations restricting valuation discounts unlikely to be...more

Private Client Services 2016 Year-End Advisory

As the year draws to a close, we have entered a period of great uncertainty in estate and tax planning. President-elect Donald Trump has identified tax reform as a priority of his new administration and, with Republican...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2016

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Update On Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September, we posted a blog discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed regulations) that could...more

3 Strikes Against the IRS in Attempting to Impose Fiduciary and Beneficiary Liability for Estate Taxes

During her lifetime, Anna Smith established the Anna Smith Family Trust, a revocable trust administered for her benefit. Initially, Anna was initially a co-trustee with two of her children, but eventually became sole trustee....more

Tax Truths: Volume 1, No. 2 – December 2016

AN ANALYSIS OF TAX LAW PROPOSALS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE HOUSE - President-elect Trump made tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for fewer tax brackets, lower individual rates, and reduced corporate tax...more

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2016

2017 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update: What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following permanent:...more

What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

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