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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On New Year’s Day 2013, to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act raises taxes on some taxpayers while retaining most of the provisions enacted...more

McNees Insights - Asset Planning and Federal Taxation - Winter 2013

2012 Tax Act - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on January 1, 2013 to avert the tax law changes that were one part of the “fiscal cliff” facing our country’s economy (the other...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Introduction - As you no doubt have heard, the U.S. was set to plunge over the “fiscal cliff” on New Year’s Day if Congress failed to act. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, a deal was made that averted the...more

Last-Minute Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal Reached - Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The United States plunged off the theoretical cliff New Year's Day, but the U.S. House of Representatives pulled us back by passing the U.S. Senate's version of the budget bill on New Year's Day, and lo and behold, we now...more

Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

President Obama has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act partially averts the so-called “fiscal cliff,” making permanent many Bush-era tax rate provisions while increasing taxes on...more

President Obama Signs "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation into Law

As you likely have heard, the President signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) (the "Act") on January 2, 2013. The Act, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff" legislation, permanently extends the Bush era tax cuts...more

"Temporary ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Solution Yields Important Tax Changes"

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the TRA of 2012), which permanently extends certain federal income tax rate reductions first enacted in 2001 that were scheduled to expire...more

Taxpayer Relief Act Brings Assortment of Changes

Early on January 1, 2013, the Senate, by a vote of 89 to 8, approved H.R. 8, “the American Taxpayer Relief Act” (ATRA or the Bill). The House of Representatives passed the Bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Following are the major...more

The Season of Giving: The “Fiscal Cliff” Coming to the Estate and Gift Tax Laws #EstatePlanningAttorney

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (“2010 Act”), was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. This Act provided a two year fix to the existing estate and gift...more

US$5.12 Million Gift Tax Exemption Due to Expire at Year's End

Expiring Opportunity to Make Large Gifts: Time is running out on the ability to give away US$5.12 million (US$10.24 million for married couples) without paying Federal gift tax. The extension of the "Bush Tax Cuts" that...more

The Dynasty Annuity — Multi-Generational Tax Deferral for High-Net-Worth Families

Originally published in Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal, x, 11/08/2012. OVERVIEW - The current tax environment suffers from a lot of economic and political uncertainty. The general consensus...more

2012: Opportunity to Take Advantage of $5.12 Million Gift Tax Exemption

In December 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Act”) extended the Bush tax cuts through December 31, 2012 and, among other things, increased the gift, estate,...more

2012 Year-End Income, Estate & Gift Tax Planning

With 2012 drawing to a close, many Americans may see the end of “Bush-era” income tax cuts as well as significant estate and gift tax reductions, the loss of which will dramatically affect their tax liability in 2013 and...more

Considerations For Tax Planning Opportunities Prior to December 31, 2012

This outline is not intended to be a comprehensive outline, but is intended to be a helpful resource summarizing the federal income tax and cited financial planning opportunities available before December 31, 2012 for...more

Estate and Gift Tax Planning Opportunities Scheduled to “Sunset” on December 31, 2012

The estate and gift tax laws under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2012. These laws provide opportunities to transfer assets to...more

$5,120,000 Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption Expiring Soon

The Clock is Ticking: The tax law is set to change in a radical way and opportunities may cease to exist at midnight on December 31, 2012. History: To understand the impending deadline, a little history is in order....more

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