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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

Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Limiting Valuation Discounts on Transfers of Family-Controlled Entities

The Treasury Department recently issued long-awaited proposed regulations regarding valuation discounts of interests in corporations and partnerships for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. If...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

Important news for family-held businesses: IRS proposes imminent changes in family valuation discounts

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued Proposed Regulations to Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code. These proposed regulations are directed at family controlled entities (many of which hold operating...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

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

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 Tax Regulations Threaten Valuation Discounts in Wealth Transfer Planning

The U.S. Treasury Department recently proposed regulations addressing the use of family-controlled entities in wealth transfer planning. In addition to providing important business ownership benefits, family-controlled...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

Significant Changes Proposed to Rules for Valuing Interests in Family-Controlled Entities

Last week the IRS proposed new regulations that would, in many cases, prohibit the use of certain discounts customarily applied when valuing interests in family-controlled entities, such as corporations, partnerships and...more

IRS Proposes Regulations on Family Businesses

As you may have heard, the IRS recently issued proposed regulations that will impact the valuation of closely-held, family entities for gift, estate and generation-skipping tax purposes. For years, the IRS has been asking...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Will Severely Impact Discounts for Gifting to Family

Discounts for gifts of closely held business interests to family members may be significantly restricted soon. The Internal Revenue Service has issued new Proposed Regulations on August 2, 2016 that would eliminate discounts...more

Family Limited Partnerships: Estate Tax Benefits and More

Family limited partnerships have long been a valuable tool of the estate planner. Although historically recognized as providing estate tax planning benefits through the discounted value of assets, these limited partnerships...more

Higher Taxes Projected for Transfer of Minority Interests in Hard to Value Assets

On August 2nd the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced proposed regulations to limit or possibly eliminate a strategy long utilized to reduce the fair market value of certain assets transferred during life or at death to...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Will Eliminate Most Valuation Discounts in Connection with Transfers of Interests in Family...

On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS published Proposed Regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 2704 that, once effective, will eliminate most valuation discounts in connection with interests in family...more

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