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View From McDermott: Expanded In-Plan Conversion Opportunities Will Boost Roth 401(k) Balances

The number of defined contribution plans (including 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) plans) with a Roth feature has grown significantly in recent years. Roth 401(k) is gaining popularity due in part to tax hedging or tax...more

IRS Issues Notice on Expanded In-Plan Roth Conversion Option

Guidance confirms that plan sponsors have flexibility in designing and implementing a feature that allows participants to convert vested pre-tax balances to after-tax Roth balances....more

Timely Year-End Tax Planning Can Reduce Taxes

Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which at the present time, looks doubtful....more

Another Reason To Be Careful If ROBS Is Your Business Financing Strategy

I blogged earlier this year about a tax court decision in which taxpayers used assets in their IRA to finance a new business in a structure sometimes known as ROBS or Rollover for Business Startups. Unfortunately, because of...more

Junior Goes to College! Innovative Strategies to Save for Your Children's College Education with Pre-Tax Dollars

Overview - The cost of college tuition has gone through the roof. The average cost of a private university can range from $40,000-60,000 per year. The cost of a public university is a lot less in most cases except that...more

Recent Developments in Tax Related Matters

June and July, 2013 have born a number of new developments relating to tax related matters. This article is designed to provide a synopsis of those that might be of interest to PK Law readers...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

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

January 31 Deadline to Transfer IRA Funds to Charities and Have It Count for 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") extends for two more years — 2012 and 2013 — a popular provision that enables an IRA owner to make gifts to charity directly from his or her IRA account without causing the...more

Charitable Giving: Better Late than Never

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, extends favorable tax treatment for qualified charitable distributions made from IRAs (”Individual Retirement...more

Roth Conversion Opportunities Expand, But Practical Questions Remain

The recent “fiscal cliff” tax law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), includes a provision effective Jan. 1, 2013 that greatly expands the ability of plan participants to convert pre-tax plan accounts to after-tax Roth...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

Fiscal Cliff Legislation - Employee Benefits and Compensation Provisions of Interest

Earlier this month we notified you that that under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012—i.e., the “fiscal cliff legislation”—Congress extended the ability of employers to pay or reimburse an employee on a tax-free basis...more

Rates of Change: The Effect of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Individual and Fiduciary Income Taxes

For all the public discussion in 2012 of the need for a significant reformation and restructuring of the Internal Revenue Code, the income tax provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) are at their...more

IRS Announces Deadline to Make 2012 Charitable/IRA Rollovers

On January 16, 2013, the IRS issued a notice (IR-2013-6) advising that certain IRA owners have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for 2012. IRA owners age 70½ or older have...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

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...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

IRA Planning And Charitable Gifts

Congress extended through the end of 2013 the popular "charitable IRA transfer." This permits individuals who have reached age 70 1/2 to make income tax-free distributions up to $100,000 directly from an individual...more

Significant Estate Planning Developments in 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) was enacted on January 2, 2013....more

Congress Avoids the Fiscal ‘Cliff’—Now What?

The new federal tax bill establishes permanent income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions that present additional planning opportunities for 2013 and beyond. ...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Stabilizes Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-skipping Transfer Tax Law

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "2012 Act") — actually passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 — brings welcome stability to federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law which has been in...more

New Tax Act's Impact on Planning for Charitable Donations

New Year's Day brought new tax legislation passed by Congress, called the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act"), which President Obama has signed into law. The Act has made some important changes to the tax law...more

Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law: A Unique (But Brief) Opportunity for IRA Rollovers and Other Highlights

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 enacted in Washington last week creates a unique opportunity for charitable giving. Individuals with IRAs who have attained age 70½ may make a tax-free rollover to charity of up to...more

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