The 2010 Tax Relief Act and your estate plan
In early 2012, Kathi Ryan addressed the 2010 Tax Relief Act and your estate planning documents....more
Time is running out for 2012 gift giving. End of year gifting by check is always an issue for those trying to use their annual exclusion amounts, but in 2012 the issue also relates to those attempting to make larger gifts to...more
The recent elections have resulted in essentially no change to the balance of power in the national government. As a consequence, it is now more difficult than ever to predict the future direction of estate and gift tax law....more
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
Now that the election is over, we anticipate having some guidance soon with respect to the numerous tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years. Many tax benefits are scheduled to...more
An unprecedented opportunity to make gifts and transfer wealth to family members is set to expire at the end of 2012. The 2010 Tax Act made substantial changes to the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer...more
With December 31st approaching quickly and the large $5,120,000 gift tax exemption disappearing, many clients are scrambling to make year-end gifts. Our advice has been to make every effort to get appraisals by the end of...more
Just two days ago, Barack Obama was re-elected as President. In addition, the Republican Party retained control of the House of Representatives, while the Democratic Party retained control of the Senate....more
On the day after the presidential election there will be 55 days left in the year!
Clients hope that the presidential election will provide clarity concerning the future of transfer tax rates and exemptions. We...more
As the current federal estate/gift tax law is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012, this is an opportune time to take advantage of the planning techniques available under current law and to avoid being subject to newly...more
Originally published in Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal, x, 11/08/2012.
The current tax environment suffers from a lot of economic and political uncertainty. The general consensus...more
At the end of 2010, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, significant changes in the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax regime. The 2010 tax legislation extended the so-called “Bush Tax...more
Originally published in the Orange County Business Journal, September 17-23, 2012.
It is difficult to miss the headlines, cocktail talk and political debates regarding taxes in an election year. By this time, most...more
Appraise Assets for Tax Gifting Purposes
By Joseph M. Donegan on October 12, 2012
Many families and small business owners are moving quickly to transfer assets to loved ones while favorable tax rates are still in...more
There is still time in 2012 to take advantage of a unique gifting opportunity offered under the 2010 Tax Relief Act. The Act, which was signed into law on December 17, 2010, unified the federal estate, lifetime gift and...more
The end of 2012 may bring unexpected and adverse changes formany taxpayers due to the scheduled December 31, 2012, expiration of a number of tax cuts. Because most of these tax cuts have been in effect since 2001, many...more
Although the end of the year is several months away, it is time to think about taking advantage of the generous tax savings that may be available for 2012 only.
The 2010 Tax Act made significant changes to the estate,...more
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
THE OPPORTUNITY: On December 17, 2010, Congress and President Obama set the exemption from gift tax at $5 million (adjusted by cost-of-living factors; for 2012, the exemption amount is $5.12 million). This exemption had never...more
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
The last three years have witnessed substantial changes in federal estate and gift tax laws and more changes are undoubtedly coming. Such changes offer a number of opportunities for clients to achieve their estate planning...more
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
With the uncertainty in the Estate Tax and Gift Tax Laws, coupled with an election cycle, many people are faced with the decision of what approach is best for both their estate plan and tax savings strategies in 2012. There...more
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
As we enter the second half of 2012, it is important to consider certain time-sensitive estate and gift planning opportunities. The gift and GST tax exemptions were increased to $5,120,000 for 2012 – the highest exemptions in...more