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Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank

The oldest of the 75 million baby boomers have begun turning 70 in 2016. Becoming a septuagenarian is a milestone in itself, but it also means that soon the IRS will likely be expecting you to start cashing out your...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

I. INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Section 385 Proposed Regulations

On April 4, 2016, Treasury and the IRS proposed sweeping regulations under § 385 of the Code. Issued the same day as the anti-inversion temporary regulations, the proposed § 385 rules would go much farther than merely...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan...more

The Atomic Leg Drop of Charitable Tax Planning

Using Charitable Tax Planning to Help Hulk Hogan and Other Settlement Recipients Mitigate Tax Submission Holds in Settlements - Overview - I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone watching “ Lucha Libre” (Wrestling) on...more

Be Organized to Preserve Your Charitable Deductions for Property Donations

3 Things to Remember About Documenting Charitable Gifts of Property, Securities and Art. Last month in this blog, we described five ways to be diligent about documenting charitable gifts of cash or out-of-pocket expenses...more

Proposed Regulations Would Fundamentally Change Treatment of Intra-Group Debt Transactions

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two sets of regulations, temporary regulations addressing “inversion” transactions and proposed regulations regarding the...more

The Use Of Trusts In Business Succession Planning

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for estate planning clients. Historically, the use of trusts has played an important role in business succession planning. Recent changes to the...more

The Charitable Split Annuity – A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock and Roll

I have written several articles discussing the powerful tax benefits of pooled income funds in the current low interest environment. I have also written on the tax benefits of charitable lead annuity trusts (CLAT). The pooled...more

Estate Planning and Administration – Be Prepared for the Year That Follows the Death of a Loved One

The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event and it can be among the most challenging of times to make important financial decisions. Proactive planning with an attorney and financial planner can significantly lessen the...more

The Accidental Entrepreneur Part I

Overview - Both of my parents were comfortably retired by my age after a thirty year career with the federal government. Currently, my retirement date is the lesser of age 95 or my passing. Like a lot of people in the...more

The Hidden Tax Trap in Your Family Business—and How to Avoid It.

You have a business. You have a family. You have a family business. And frequently, the family makes decisions about the business. Sometimes, those decisions are not formalized....more

War of the Rosas – Creative Tax Strategies to Balance the Financial Results in Divorce Planning

The War of the Roses is a movie classic above the trials and tribulations of marriage and divorce that sends shivers equally down the spine of about those married and unmarried. Several quotes from the movie include the...more

Act Now to Preserve Your 2015 Charitable Deductions

5 Ways to Be Diligent with Charitable Gifts of Cash Remember that formal benefit dinner you attended last fall? The contentious battle for that golf package at the charity auction in the spring? Your donation to the...more

Applicable Federal Rates - April 2016

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Beware New IRS Partnership/LLC Audit and Assessment Rules

You may have heard that the IRS’s ability to audit partnerships (including multi-member LLCs) will be greatly enhanced due to changes made by the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The new rules apply to tax years...more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part Five

Action Item: This is the fifth installment of our Annual Estate Planning Newsletter, and focuses on foreign matters. We urge you to review this installment to ensure that your 2016 estate and tax planning is in...more

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) Threatens Asset Protection Planning

The UVTA has been enacted in several states. The Act is a reworking of fraudulent conveyance law, which allows a creditor to avoid transfers made that attempt to put property beyond the reach of a creditor. A number of...more

Restructuring Oil and Gas Partnership Debt? Tax Planning Is Key

Tax partnerships, including MLPs, seeking to restructure debt face peril and possibility during challenging times. With the lowest oil prices in more than a decade and the equity markets effectively closed to them, oil...more

Inbound and Outbound U.S. Tax Planning for Bona Fide Residents of Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico enacted the “Individual Investors Act” (Act 22) and the “Export Services Act” (Act 20) in 2012, much press has been devoted to the number of high-net worth U.S. taxpayers (including citizens and green card...more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part Three

Action Item: This is the third installment of our Annual Estate Planning Letter, and covers some topics of interest not discussed in our previous installments. We urge you to review this installment to ensure that your 2016...more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part Two

Action Item: This is the second installment of our Annual Estate Planning Newsletter, and focuses on specific gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") tax matters. We urge you to review this installment to ensure that...more

What is a Section 83(b) election and why is it helpful to entrepreneurs?

Start-up founders, executives and other employees should understand the role that Internal Revenue Code Section 83 plays in effective tax planning when certain equity incentive grants are given in exchange for services....more

Tax Exclusions for Sale of Stock Issued by Qualified Small Business Corporations Becomes Permanent — At Least Temporarily

Over the past several years, Congress has sought to incentivize investment in small businesses by allowing taxpayers to exclude gains in certain small business stock sales. Gradually, Congress continued to increase these...more

New Partnership Audit Procedures May Dramatically Affect the Assessment and Collection of Taxes Relating to Partnership Activities

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”), which was signed into law in November 2015, includes sweeping changes to the rules governing federal tax audits of entities treated as partnerships for US federal income tax...more

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