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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

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: A Potential Win-Win for Your Assets

In this final installment in our three-part series, we discuss the planning technique known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Like Intra-Family Loans and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) described in previous...more

Consider The Risks Before Electing S Status For Your LLC

Family-owned businesses are often formed as LLCs. For federal tax purposes, an LLC with two or more members is treated as a partnership unless it elects otherwise. Income earned by a partnership is not subject to a separate...more

Success in Succession: Using Strategic Planning to Address the “Missing Middle”

Typically, only 12% of family businesses reach the third generation, and as little as 3% make it past the fourth generation. According to PwC’s recent global survey of over 2,800 family businesses in 50 countries, these...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations on Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities

IRS Proposals Threaten Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities - The Treasury Department recently published new proposed regulations ("2704(b) regulations") which, if adopted in their current form, would...more

Estate Planning for Family Businesses

Estate planning for closely held family businesses could be significantly affected by proposed regulations that have been published by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS proposed regulations and their effect on...more

Trust and Estate: Family Feud — Hollywood May Call It Entertainment But It Is No Laughing Matter for Family Businesses, Part II...

INTRODUCTION - As discussed in Part One of this article, statistics show that most family-owned businesses fail after a generation or two. Specifically, only 30% of family-owned businesses survive the transition from...more

SJU Program: Educating and Engaging the Next Generation

The Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at St. Joseph University's Haub School of Business presented another interesting program for family businesses on October 27, 2016. The program, which was part of a...more

Corporate E-Note - October 2016

On November 30, 2016, Burr's Women in Business is sponsoring a panel discussion on "Cybersecurity: Are You At Risk?" at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. The panelists include Ed Castile, Deputy...more

Disappearing Discounts?: IRC 2704 Proposed Regulations Threaten Valuation Discounts for Transfers of Interests in...

Purpose of Section 2704 - Internal Revenue Code Section 2704 was originally passed to restrict certain types of valuation discounts on transfers of ownership interests in family-owned businesses among family members....more

Selling Your Business: Why Accurate Financials are Important

This is the fourth installment of a series discussing potential pitfalls that JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty, who own Pawlenty Energy, should be wary of when they are trying to sell their business. Recently, Tilting the Scales...more

How Much Should I Expect to Pay An Investment Banker To Sell My Family-Owned Business?

In our last blog post, we highlighted the benefits of retaining an investment banker for the sale of your family-owned business. As you might expect, investment bankers do not work for free. In today’s blog post, we outline...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - October 2016

Connecticut Has a New Power of Attorney Act - A financial Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a document by which an individual can grant another individual (an “agent”) authority to act on his or her behalf with respect to...more

Inheritance Tax Reform passed – Germany misses chance to tame Tax-Bureaucracy for Family Owned Businesses

Bryan Cave’s Tax law expert Stefan Skulesch: “Last minute solution with flaws will continue to impede company successions in Germany” - On 14 October 2016 the Bundesrat (the upper house of the German parliament) has...more

[Webinar] Business Planning in Light of Proposed Regulations under Code § 2704 - October 27th, 12:00p.m. CT

In this webinar, Steve Gorin, the author of his quarterly newsletter, will discuss the proposed regulations under IRC § 2704 that would increase the valuation of business entities in many cases. Attendees will learn when the...more

Washington’s New Trustee Delegation Law: Allowing Fiduciaries to More Easily Keep Businesses in the Family

If you are a family business owner in Washington who wants to place control of your business in the hands of a trustee until your beneficiaries are ready to assume control, or for other reasons, a recent change in Washington...more

Should You Hire An Investment Banker To Sell Your Family-Owned Business?

Yes. In almost all circumstances, the buyer (whether a strategic buyer or a financial buyer) will have more financial resources and will be more experienced in buying and selling businesses. Retaining an experienced and...more

Time to Transfer Early Stage Investments?

New rules may stop “cheap” transfers of business interests to kids and grandkids. Proposed IRS regulations that may be effective as early as the end of 2016 are designed to severely limit use of discounts on gifts or sales...more

Possible Congressional Action May Undercut Proposed 2704 Regulations

Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced bills to derail the Proposed Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (“Proposed Regulations”), including bills to (1) nullify the...more

Privacy and Cybersecurity Checklist When Designing a Family Office

As family office executives set up a family office or review an existing family office, it is important to make sure the privacy and cybersecurity concerns are addressed and the governance and information security...more

It's Time For Your Buy-Sell Checkup!

Shareholders, Partners and/or LLC members of any closely-held or family-held company should check the buy-sell formula contained in their Shareholder Agreement (sometimes called a Buy-Sell Agreement), Partnership Agreement or...more

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

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