Gift-Tax Exemption

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Making Lifetime Gifts Saves Federal Taxes

Lifetime Gifts Yield Estate and Gift Tax Savings - The federal gift tax annual exclusion currently allows each individual to give up to $14,000 each year to an unlimited number of donees – entirely free of tax. (Under...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

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

Gifting Interests in the Family Company Could Become More Expensive in 2017

Individuals who are considering gifting their interest in a closely-held business entity may want to consider making such gift sooner rather than later in light of the proposed regulations issued by the IRS on August 2...more

Making the most of your GST tax exemption

To share wealth with grandchildren, great-grandchildren or even more remote generations, special planning may be required to keep generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes to a minimum. When it comes to GST tax planning, the...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

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

Should life insurance be a part of your estate plan?

Today, the federal gift and estate tax exemption stands at $5.45 million, so fewer families are facing estate tax liability. This begs the question: Can life insurance continue to play an important role in estate planning?...more

Preserving Your Family Business (or Sale Proceeds) for Generations

As promised, below is a follow-up to my February 29th post. There, I discussed estate tax planning. Below, I want to introduce generation skipping tax planning, using some similar tools. As of 2016, each person has a...more

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Annual Gifting

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Effectively Utilize Your Combined Federal Gift and Estate Tax Exemption

As of 2016, each person has an aggregate $5.45 million exemption from the federal gift and estate taxes. This exemption can be used either during lifetime or at death (or both, if not all of it is used for lifetime gifts)....more

2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Outlined below are reminders about a number of tax planning opportunities that, if you have not already done so, you may want to take advantage of before year-end. Also outlined...more

Permanent Charitable IRA Rollover

Congress recently made permanent the IRA charitable rollover. Individuals over age 70½ can make lifetime gifts, up to $100,000 per year, to qualified public charities from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs). To...more

Speculation Continues Regarding Potential Proposed §2704 Regulations

The general consensus among attorneys and accountants had been that the Treasury hoped to issue new proposed regulations under Section 2704(b) prior to this fall’s tax section meeting of the ABA, which was September 17...more

Fiduciary News - December 2015

Possible Changes Coming for Valuations of Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies - For decades families have used family limited partnerships (“FLPs”) and limited liability companies (“LLCs”) as a...more

To Do: Year-End Gifting. Check (or not)

With the end of the year approaching, we thought now would be a good time to re-post and update this blog from the end of 2014. For 2016, the annual exclusion gift amount will remain the same at $14,000 but the lifetime...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 10, No.3

Don’t Forget Year-End Gifts, etc. - A variety of planning steps should be considered before the end of the year. One of these is to make any $14,000 annual exclusion gifts you wish to make. This annual exclusion amount...more

End of the Line – Part II: Year End Tax Planning Strategies

This article is Part II in a series of tax planning strategies for year-end tax planning for the 2015 tax series. The article addresses the Pooled Income Fund (PIF) which as this article demonstrates, has surprising planning...more

Year-End Gift Opportunities

As 2015 comes to a close, we remind you to consider making gifts to minimize your potential tax liability and to maximize your use of available exemptions in order to reduce your ultimate estate tax liability. As you may...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2015

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

Inflation Adjustments for 2016

On October 21, 2015, the IRS released the annual inflation adjustments which will apply to tax year 2016. These adjustments will help determine a taxpayer's tax bracket and available deductions, credits, exclusions, and...more

IRS Announces Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2016

The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted items for 2016, including gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax amounts. The following adjustments should be considered in your estate and gift planning...more

Trusts, Estates, Exemptions and Taxes

It may be hard to believe that in 2001, the estate and gift tax exemption, also known as the unified credit, was a mere $675K. In 2016 that credit is anticipated to go up to $5.45M for single filers; potentially $10.9M...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

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

Update on Estate and Gift Tax Proposals

Congressional Proposals: H.R. 1105, Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, was passed by the House, as amended, on Apr. 16, 2015. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes...more

Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts: An Estate Planning Strategy for a Low-Interest-Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

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