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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Wealth Management Update - October 2015

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

2015/2016 Estate and Gift Tax Update

Experts have started to calculate the inflation adjustments to key estate and gift exemption amounts for 2016. Note that these are not the official figures to be released by the IRS, but should be used as a guide. The IRS...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2015

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

Giving Up U.S. Citizenship - Estate and Gift Tax Traps

It may be a common misunderstanding that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder) can give up their citizenship or surrender their Green Card and then as a non-U.S. taxpayer make gifts or pass their estate to...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution to the...more

Potential Limitations on Gift Tax Strategies Coming Soon

Valuation discounts have been a significant component of estate planning for many years. By contributing assets to a family entity and gifting or selling an interest in the entity to family members, you can effectively...more

IRS Extends Due Date for New Basis Reporting Rules

On July 31, 2015, the laws addressing the basis of property acquired from a decedent were revised. Among other things, the new laws require an executor to provide to the IRS and to each estate beneficiary a statement...more

IRS Plans to Further Restrict Family Business Valuation Discounts

IRS regulations anticipated for release as early as this September may further restrict valuation discounts. The exact scope of the regulations is unknown, but the regulations will likely make it more difficult for taxpayers...more

IRS Announces Delay in Consistent Basis Notice to Beneficiaries Rules

I recently wrote about the provisions of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 that require estates to give statements to beneficiaries regarding the basis of property if an estate...more

Estate Tax Controversy Continues - Trust and Estates Update Vol. 2015, Issue 1

Recently introduced bills are indicative of the fact that the estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes are still a topic of considerable political debate. Recently, the Responsible Estate Tax Act was...more

Addressing the Residency Question - Trust and Estates Update Vol. 2015, Issue 1

Generally, the first criterion for determining whether an individual is subject to probate or to estate or inheritance tax in a state is the individual’s domicile at the time of his or her death. In an increasingly...more

Did You Create a Grantor Trust? - Trust and Estates Update Vol. 2015, Issue 1

Because of the increases to the income tax rates and the reduction in the estate tax rates in recent years, anyone holding appreciated assets in a grantor trust should consider exchanging high-basis assets that have less...more

Possible Regulatory Changes Could Reduce Tax Benefits of Transfers of Interests in Family-Owned Entities

Historically, the Internal Revenue Service has closely scrutinized transfers between family members of interests in family-owned entities. Among other actions, the Service has sought to curtail the use of discounts to...more

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2015

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

Expected IRS Proposed Rules May Curtail Family Gifting

A representative from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently signaled that new rules are expected to be released that could significantly impact taxpayers' ability to claim discounts on gifts of interests in...more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2015

Income Tax Considerations of Estate Planning Are More Important Than Ever - Gifting assets during life will reduce the size of your taxable estate at death and, correspondingly, reduce your estate tax liability. But with...more

Regulatory Update: Final Regulations on Portability of the DSUE

Portability of the deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) amount between spouses was first introduced by Congress in December 2010, applicable to estates of married decedents dying on or after Jan. 1, 2011. Although...more

Valuation Discounts at Risk

Yogi Berra used to say, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” But a dime may be worth a nickel ... at least for the time being. Valuing interests in family-controlled entities is a challenging process, and an area where...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

Income tax consequences of US visas

Newcomers to the United States on temporary visas may be unpleasantly surprised at the income tax consequences. A little advance planning with tax and immigration professionals can go a long way towards mitigating income...more

You Now Have to Ask for an Estate Tax Closing Letter

The IRS issues closing letters to estates for federal estate tax purposes, acknowledging that it has accepted the estate tax return as filed, or as adjusted pursuant to audit. This used to be an automatic process. The IRS...more

The Crummey trust: Keeping both the IRS and the creditors at bay is taking some fancy footwork

Since Crummey v. Commissioner was decided in 1968, the IRS has been making life difficult for the settlors of Crummey trusts. Only recently the parties again skirmished, this time over whether an in terrorem clause in the...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No. 1

Recent Case Illustrates Importance of Keeping Legal Entities in Good Standing - A recent United States Tax Court case illustrates the importance of keeping legal entities in good standing. In Medical Weight Control...more

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