Tax Planning

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Estate Tax Planning Prevents Heirs From Having To Liquidate Estate

Readers may have heard that the Housing of Representatives passed a bill last month that would repeal the estate tax. The bill, which passed on a vote of 240 to 179, is largely backed by Republicans, with Democrats mostly...more

Tax Planning for International Transportation Income

According to the most recent estimates, the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 100 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.5 billion metric tons in 2012. Out of these numbers, one container in every...more

California Estate Planning Myths & Misconceptions (Part 1)

One of the reasons that far too many people don’t take care of their basic estate planning needs is that they hold common misconceptions about what estate planning is, how it works, and whether they need to worry about it....more

Single Member Limited Liability Companies – Tax Issues

I commonly meet taxpayers who are the sole owners of their businesses who wish to incorporate or form a limited liability company (LLC) for legal purposes but may not understand that their decision may have unintended tax...more

Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning [Video]

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

Obama Proposes “Middle Class” Tax Increases at Death

The prospects of significant tax legislation this year are low. Nevertheless, when the President proposes “tax reform” it makes headlines. The Obama administration’s latest tax proposals for fiscal year 2016 would increase...more

Domestic International Sales Corporations—A Tax Saving Tool for U.S. Companies

Does your business earn income from making and exporting goods, such as agricultural products, apparel or software? If so, in connection with such exports, does your company use a “domestic international sales corporation,”...more

Article Abstract: Can Post-Valuation Events Impact Estate Tax valuation?

These abstracts are provided as a service to the readers of Rubin on Tax to advise them of articles that may be of interest to them, both as they are published and as a research tool using the blog's Search function....more

Life Insurance and Estate Planning

Life insurance can play an important role in estate planning. It is important to understand the uses and purposes of life insurance and the tax consequences of owning a policy and receiving a death benefit....more

Distressed Energy Sector Creates Need for Thoughtful Tax Planning

How do tax issues change for energy companies in a distressed environment? KS: Companies in a distressed environment often generate substantial losses which may need to be funded with additional debt or equity...more

Article Abstract – Preferred Interest Partnerships to Use DSUE Amounts Received by a Surviving Spouse

These abstracts are provided as a service to the readers of Rubin on Tax to advise them of articles that may be of interest to them, both as they are published and as a research tool...more

Tax Law Blog: Financial Literacy at Tax Time

Were you aware you could use your tax refund to buy a U.S. Savings Bond? Or that you could split the refund between multiple accounts (such as savings and checking) with direct deposit? If you prepared your own return with an...more

Be Wary of Estate Tax Provisions in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

It's time to call your estate and financial planners - new tax provisions in the proposed FY 2016 budget once again show the specter of potentially brutal taxes at death for the moderately wealthy....more

Obama Administration's 2016 Budget Proposal

You may have seen references to President Obama's 2016 budget proposals and how they might affect your gifting and estate planning opportunities. Given that Congressional Republicans, who now control both the House and the...more

Be Careful for What You Wish For! - Reconsidering the Tax Traps of the EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visas have been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. Nothing hard to understand about that. The combination of...more

Family Tax Deductions and Credits: What Do You Qualify For?

Late last year, Congress approved nearly $11 billion to fund the Internal Revenue Service for fiscal year 2015 – the lowest allotted amount since 2008, according to CNN Money. As a result, the IRS announced delays in...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You’re planning to retire abroad

People who have dreamed of spending their golden years in a tropical paradise or a culture-rich European city should discuss their plans with their advisor before making a move. It’s important to understand the potential tax...more

2015 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This letter is an update on the most recent estate and gift tax developments and serves as a follow-up to our past yearly tax updates, which can be accessed by clicking the “Family Wealth...more

Estate planning for young families - Flexibility is the key

Younger taxpayers are faced with a dilemma: Should they minimize gift and estate taxes through lifetime gifts? Or, should they keep assets in their estates to help ease the potential income tax burden on their heirs? The...more

Why a Tax Attorney's Advice is Important: Estate Planning, Gift Tax, Business Succession, and the Ability to Rely on Advice by...

A recently published tax court opinion provides us with a fascinating case involving a rags to riches story of a tightly-knit hardworking family and the creation, merger and eventual sale of two related family companies. It...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2015

In This Issue: - Estate planning for young families: Flexibility is the key - Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property - Avoiding undue influence claims - Estate Planning Pitfall:...more

Special Feature – Estate Planning: Why Bother?

After the repeal of the Ohio estate tax and the increased federal estate tax exemption equivalent, many clients erroneously have concluded the following...more

Section 83(b) - Paying a Little Now Might Save You a Lot Later

Great news!  You have been granted stock in a company. Bad news: that means you are going to owe taxes. If you were granted restricted stock in a company you will want to (quickly) think about filing a Section 83(b) election....more

Donor Advised Funds: A Popular Way to Give to Charity

In recent years, donor advised funds have become a popular alternative to private foundations and supporting organizations for many donors. Donor advised funds allow donors to receive some of the benefits associated with a...more

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