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Your Estate & Gift Tax Exemption Is Worth More Than You Think

While the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended tax cuts for some individuals and increased rates for others, one resulting benefit that most can agree on is the “permanency” it brought to the uncertain world of...more

A Common Estate Planning Technique Saves Taxpayers Money but has Cost the United States Billions

In 2000, the United States Tax Court in Walton v. Commission of Revenue, 115 T.C. 589 (U.S. Tax Ct. 2000) gave approval to the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (“GRAT”), and since that time, the GRAT has saved taxpayers...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2013

The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.0%, which is unchanged from last month. The December applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2013

The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.4%. This is up from September's 2.0% rate. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

Higher Treasury Yields Expected to Negatively Impact New GRATs

Interest rates applicable to grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and other estate planning techniques are expected to increase significantly in August as a result of the recent headline-grabbing volatility in the bond...more

ATRA 2012 – How Does it Affect You?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on January 1, 2013. Among other things, the Act amended the federal estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer tax laws. The amendments of the Act...more

Mcnees Insights - Asset Planning and Federal Taxation - Spring 2013

In This Issue: ATRA 2012 – How Does it Affect You?; Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care; and Obama Revenue Raising Proposals. Excerpt from ATRA 2012 – How Does it Affect You?: The American Taxpayer...more

The “Death Knell” for Family Discounts?

The Obama Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 on April 10, which included several proposals affecting estate planning. These are described in the Treasury Department’s General Explanations of the...more

Maximizing The Value Of Your Business For Your Heirs

One of the most difficult issues facing the owner of any successful business is how the business, or the personal wealth that it represents, can be preserved for the benefit of his or her family after death. While it is...more

Wealth Management Update - March 2013

In this Issue: - March Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trust - Estate of Giovacchini v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2013-27 - Estate of...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

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

Estate Planning & Federal Tax Update - Winter 2013

With the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA ”) passed and the fiscal cliff safely averted, the time has come to turn your attention to your estate plan. What Did the ATRA Accomplish? The fiscal cliff...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

After the Fiscal Cliff — A Summary of the New Federal Gift and Estate Tax Law

Congress took the fiscal cliff negotiations over the brink but was finally able to reach a deal resulting in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act makes the estate and gift tax laws “permanent,”...more

Wealth Management Update Newsletter - January 2013

We Didn't (Quite) Fall off the Cliff, But We Still Have To Clean up the Mess! When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, estate planning practitioners said "good night" to an unprecedented period of working...more

Ringing in the New Year with Revised Estate and Gift Tax Laws

Congress has averted the so-called fiscal cliff by passing the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act") on January 1, 2013, which President Obama signed into law the following day. The good news is we finally have...more

Summary of Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on January 2nd. A summary of the important income tax features of the 2012 Act can be read here. This article summarizes the...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: A (Mostly) Happy New Year for the Estate, Gift and GST Taxes

The nation having stepped off the dreaded fiscal cliff at the end of 2012, Congress immediately pulled the ripcord, passing the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the 2012 Act) on New Year’s Day. President Obama signed...more

Fiscal Cliff Deferred As Congress Finally Acts

The fiscal cliff has been avoided temporarily as the Congress has passed H.R. 8, the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act"). The Senate passed the Act in the early morning hours of January 1, 2013, by a vote of...more

Fiscal Cliff Averted: Estate, Gift And GST Tax Changes

The country was heading for a “fiscal cliff” as the Bush-era tax cuts were scheduled to expire on January 1, 2013. But the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted in the final hours to make those tax cuts permanent...more

2012 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

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

2013 Estate Tax Implications as the Fiscal Cliff Looms

Now that the presidential election is over much of the national chatter has shifted to the “fiscal cliff” looming at the end of the calendar year when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into...more

Still Clear as Mud: The Election’s Impact on Estate and Gift Tax Policy

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

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