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Obama Administration Announces Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Proposal

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the Obama administration released its FY15 Budget. At the same time, the Treasury Department issued its accompanying “Green Book” that describes various changes in tax law and the resulting revenue...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2013: Making gifts still matters, even after ATRA

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) eliminated much of the uncertainty that plagued estate planning for years by making two key provisions “permanent”: the $5 million gift and estate tax exemption (adjusted...more

The "Permanent" Relief Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), setting the unified Federal gift and estate tax exemption at $5 million, indexed for inflation ($5.25 million for 2013, expected to...more

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and...more

Tax Law Blog: Tax Implications of DOMA Ruling

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Windsor v. United States, holding part of the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional, will have important tax repercussions....more

US Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act definition of marriage as being limited to a union between a man and a woman....more

Planning Your Estate

The basic goals of estate planning are to dispose of your property in accordance with your wishes and to avoid unnecessary taxes and expenses....more

Estate Planning Insight: Estate Planning After The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law on January 2, 2013, ending twelve years of uncertainty concerning the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax rates and exemptions....more

What the Recent Estate Tax Changes Mean to You

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This Act permanently sets the federal estate and gift tax exemption at $5 million per person ($10 million per couple), adjusted...more

Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News (Oregon)

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping...more

Estate Planning Implications of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, has finally provided some permanence to the transfer tax laws....more

Estate Planning After the American Taxpayer Relief Act

Congress adopted the American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), effective January 1, 2013. The Act made permanent tax rates and exemptions for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes. Prior laws incorporated...more

Federal Estate Tax Laws Allow Planning Opportunities - Finally!

For over a decade, the federal estate tax law has changed from year to year. The rates have risen and fallen. The federal estate tax exemption went from $650,000 to $1,000,000. Then it increased to $1,500,000, then...more

Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping...more

Alert: Estate Planning - January 2013

For the first time in more than a decade, clients and advisors can plan their estates with a significant degree of certainty. The new tax law passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama...more

2013 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This letter provides you with a summary of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) with respect to the key estate and gift tax provisions, and presents some thoughts on wealth...more

2013 Estate Planning Update

As 2012 drew to a close, your estate planning attorney's attention was diverted from the ball drop in Times Square to whether Congress would drop the ball with respect to the fiscal cliff. Congress, however, passed the...more

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Review Your Estate Plan in 2013

Each year, at this time, we remind our clients of the importance of keeping their estate planning documents up to date. With the avoidance of the tax side of the “Fiscal Cliff” and the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 1 - January 2013

Table of Contents: Remember to file your gift tax return and other follow-up related to 2012 gifts; Review estate plans in light of $5 million exemption becoming permanent; Annual exclusion amount for gifts increased for...more

Highlights of the Individual Tax Provisions in the New Taxpayer Relief Act

Originally published in the AICPA Tax Insider on January 17, 2013. After months of senseless haggling, the Senate early in the morning of Jan. 1, 2013, by a vote of 89–8, and the House of Representatives late in the...more

What the “Fiscal Cliff” Resolution Means for Personal Estate Planning

For the first time in 12 years, the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law does not have a built-in expiration date in the United States. Congress has exempted all estates below approximately $5 million ($10...more

FINALLY…Clarity And Good News On Estate And Gift Taxes

It has often been said that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Until two weeks ago, the “taxes” part of that phrase was not so certain. However, on January 2, 2013 President Obama signed the...more

Effects of the New US Tax Law on Estate Planning

On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. As a result, for the first time in over 12 years, there is now some certainty in the Federal estate tax, the Federal gift tax and...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal - What does it mean for you and your business?

In the early morning hours of January 1, 2013, the Senate approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) by a vote of 89-8. Less than 24 hours later, the House of Representatives also approved the Act by a vote...more

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

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