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Estate Tax

Estate taxes, also known as inheritance or death taxes, are taxes on an individual's right to transfer property at death.

Estate Tax Portability – Not So Fast My Friend

by Dickinson Wright on

Many of you have heard of the new Federal estate tax “portability” rule that allows a surviving spouse to effectively inherit any unused federal estate tax exemption of a predeceased spouse. An individual can only use the...more

Audit of Predeceased Spouse Permitted for Purposes of DSUE Adjustment for Surviving Spouse’s Estate

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A husband died in 2012, and his estate filed a gift tax return to report a deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) and elected portability. The IRS sent a letter to husband’s estate accepting the estate tax return as filed....more

South Carolina Conservation Easements for Farm and Forestry Property

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

There are 12.9 million acres of commercial forestland in South Carolina. More than half of the forestland is family-owned, and 82% of private owners live on the land. The state also has about 25,000 farms, which encompass 4.9...more

Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

2017/2018 Estate And Gift Tax Update

by Cole Schotz on

Experts have started to calculate the inflation adjustments to key estate and gift exemption amounts for 2018. Note that these are not the official figures to be released by the IRS, but should be used as a guide. The IRS...more

What the Governor’s Race Could Mean for the New Jersey Estate Tax

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey is one of two states that impose both an inheritance tax and a State estate tax upon death (Maryland is the other state). According to a bill signed into law by Governor Chris Christie in October 2016, the estate...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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, QPRTs and...more

For Me? You Shouldn't Have! - Legal Considerations for Gifting

by Clark Hill PLC on

While usually synonymous with one's birthday or the holidays, lifetime gifts can also serve an important role in one's estate planning. In its simplest form, gifting provides for a transfer of wealth and assets from one...more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

A 529 plan can benefit your estate plan

As summer vacations wind down and thoughts turn back to school activities, people might find themselves reviewing their finances and considering the options for funding their children’s (or grandchildren’s) college...more

An uncertain tax climate: An estate tax repeal might result in negative tax consequences for some families

It’s clear that tax reform is a high priority for the Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress. In particular, the federal estate tax remains a prime target of some lawmakers. One possible scenario is that this...more

IRS Gives Surviving Spouses a Second (or Third) Bite at the Portability Apple

“Portability” is the ability of a surviving spouse to use not only his or her own estate tax exemption, but also some or all of the exemption of the first spouse to die, as long as the first spouse died in 2011 or later. ...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2017

In This Issue: - An uncertain tax climate: An estate tax repeal might result in negative tax consequences for some families - A 529 plan can benefit your estate plan - Would a spendthrift trust help achieve your...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Prediction Markets' Forecast on Tax Changes

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Prediction markets accuracy rates average 74%[1], and are more often more accurate than expert or public opinion surveys. With that in mind, we thought we would give you the prediction markets’ take on the likelihood of...more

Making Use of a Deceased Spouse’s Unused Estate Tax Exemption Simplified

by Genova Burns LLC on

The election for married couples to elect portability of the Federal Estate Tax Exemption was introduced in late 2010 when the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (“TRUIRJCA”) was signed...more

Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years,...more

Good News for Taxpayers: IRS Targets for Reform Burdensome Regulations on Partnerships, Corporations, REITs, Estates, and More

Earlier this year, President Trump issued Executive Order 13789, which ordered the Treasury Department to review all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identify regulations that impose an undue...more

IRS Regulations on the Chopping Block

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Tax practitioners have complained for years about the ever-expanding scope and complexity of both the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. A possible shrinkage in the Treasury Regulations may soon occur....more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform under the Trump administration. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax law. Please see...more

Proposed Regulations Limiting Discounts on Family Gifts Targeted for Reform

Last summer, we discussed the IRS’s issuance of new Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which regulations would severely impact discounts on gifts made to family members. ...more

IRS Grants Taxpayers Two-Year Window to File Portability Election

by Bryan Cave on

In a long-awaited move, the IRS announced recently that taxpayers will now have at least two years to file an estate tax return to elect portability of a decedent’s unused estate tax exemption to the decedent’s surviving...more

IRS Identifies 8 Burdensome Regulations for Reform

Responding to a Trump Executive Order, the Treasury Department has reviewed all significant tax regulations issued after December 31, 2015 and identified eight regulations to be reformed to mitigate the burden that the...more

Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise: Review Your Will Regularly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many people sign a will and assume they never need to look at it again. As lawyers, we prepare wills that are flexible and deal with multiple possible (even if unlikely) scenarios, but sometimes an unanticipated change and an...more

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