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Proposed Federal Estate & Gift Tax Reform – What You Need To Know Now

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have now passed separate versions of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." The proposals that are being discussed in the news as "repeal of the death tax" are much more complex...more

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the GOP tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Senate Bill”), on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Shortly before approving the Senate Bill, the U.S. Senate adopted a Manager’s...more

Trust and Estate Planning 2017 Year End Update

As we approach the end of the year, we thought you would find it useful to have the following summary of recent developments and updates that may affect your trust and estate planning....more

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: Trust & Estate Planning Considerations

by Lewitt Hackman on

This week was supposed to be the week Republicans passed a tax bill. It’s unclear what exactly will happen in the immediate future, or if we’ll have to wait for the New Year to see any type of tax reform. If or when we do get...more

Estate Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

If enacted, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could open up significant estate planning opportunities. The House bill doubles the exemptions from estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, creating new opportunities for...more

2017 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The fourth quarter of 2017 concludes a unique year in the planning arena. With the new administration and a Republican-led Congress in power, both taxpayers and tax professionals have kept a close eye on the potential for tax...more

House and Senate Legislators Take Significant Steps Toward Tax Reform

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, House and Senate legislators took significant steps towards achieving the most extensive tax reform in over a decade, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by the House of...more

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How the Senate Proposal Compares

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee (the “House Committee”) released its plan for comprehensive tax reform: the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “House Bill”). Following a week of hearings,...more

Federal Death Tax Repeal – Not So Fast

by Genova Burns LLC on

Much has been written and speculated about the fate of the Federal Gift, Estate and Generation Skipping Taxes under the current efforts of the Administration and of Republican Congressional leaders to overhaul Federal tax...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

Federal Tax Reform May Affect Estate Planning

On November 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Finance Committee followed on November 9 with its own outline for tax reform legislation. Both...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Key Differences Between the House and Senate Bills

by Polsinelli on

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman’s Mark for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” released Nov. 9, describes in detail the Senate tax bill and is significantly different than the House bill, as it currently stands....more

Initial Steps Toward Changes to Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday November 9, Senate Republicans unveiled the substance of their tax reform bill. The Senate proposal maintains the House Republicans' plan to increase the amount exempt from gift, estate, and GST taxes from $5...more

Comparison of the Senate and House Bill Proposals for Estate Tax Reform

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

After years of calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the federal tax code, congressional Republicans in both the House and Senate, unveiled their plans for sweeping tax change – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – on November 2nd...more

The Estate Tax is Dead - Long Live the Repeal?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, a bill called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was introduced to the United States House of Representatives. The bill seeks to simplify and reduce taxation for both individuals and businesses....more

House Republicans Introduce Long-Awaited Tax Legislation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, House Republicans introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, their long-awaited tax reform legislation, followed quickly by an amendment introduced on November 6 by House Ways and Means Committee...more

Republican Tax Plan Unveiled – Elimination of Death Tax (Estate Tax)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

After much discussion, build up and suspense, House Republicans have officially released key details behind their proposed tax bill. The bill would repeal the estate tax (‘death tax’) in 2024. After much back and forth over...more

New Legislation Proposes Sweeping Estate Tax Changes

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

After years of calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the federal tax code, congressional Republicans unveiled their plans for sweeping tax change on November 2nd. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is being billed as “real...more

Summary of New Tax Bill Proposal

by Bryan Cave on

House Republicans released their new tax bill on November 2, 2017. As expected for such a significant proposal, the final bill, if passed, will likely look different. Nonetheless, the bill, in its current form, provides the...more

Federal Tax Reform: Initial Steps Toward Changes to Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House Republicans unveiled the full text yesterday of their proposed tax legislation—titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—which includes dramatic changes to the gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. ...more

A Pleasant Surprise

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Many commentators expected that the new tax bill would pair the repeal of basis step-up at death with the repeal of the estate tax. They were pleasantly surprised to see that basis step-up at death remains unaltered under the...more

House Republicans Release (Simplified?) Tax Reform Bill

The House Republican’s tax reform bill – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – was released yesterday. This bill is 429 pages (this is simplifying?) and provides for extensive tax reform. ...more

Proposed 2017 Tax Act Revealed – Death Tax Repeal Included

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A summary of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was released this morning (11/2/17) and reveals some major changes. The federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax exclusions are increased from the current $5...more

Tax Reform Update: A Call for Committee Action

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On September 27, 2017, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Chair of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the Speaker of the...more

Republicans Announce Tax Reform Framework, Which Includes Repealing Estate Tax

After months of speculation, President Trump and the Republicans have announced their framework for tax reform. While specific details are not known, the key elements of the framework include...more

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