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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

2017 Oklahoma Tax and Fee Legislation

by GableGotwals on

The following are some of the changes in Oklahoma law on state taxation and fees enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2017. Income Tax - Oklahoma Standard Deduction Decoupled from Federal Standard Deduction. For...more

If You Expect to Work in the Family-Owned Business for Life, Be Sure to Get It in Writing

by Murtha Cullina on

Family-owned businesses often employ multiple family members. Even if there is an expectation that employment will continue indefinitely, the company and the family member employees both usually reserve the right, explicitly...more

President Trump’s Tax Plan

by Butler Snow LLP on

In rounding out his first 100 days in office, President Trump released an overview of his proposed tax plan. The one page bullet point plan consists of general taxpayer relief for individuals in the form of a simplified tax...more

Avoiding Beneficiary Befuddlement

by Bryan Cave on

Retirement plans are complicated creatures to administer so it perhaps is not surprising that the process of determining the beneficiary of a deceased participant can present its own set of challenges and, if things go awry,...more

How to Avoid Costly Beneficiary Designation Litigation – Helpful Hints for All Benefit Plans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When administering an employee benefits plan, it is critically important to provide clear and specific instructions as to how a participant can designate a beneficiary. A recent federal district court opinion in Florida...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Allows Negligent Hiring Claim Despite Admission that Employee Acted Within Scope of Employment

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently determined that a negligent hiring claim against Pizza Hut can continue to move through the trial court after finding that the trial court erred when it granted summary judgment in favor...more

Tax Truths: Volume 1, No. 2 – December 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

AN ANALYSIS OF TAX LAW PROPOSALS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE HOUSE - President-elect Trump made tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for fewer tax brackets, lower individual rates, and reduced corporate tax...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19516 - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

Executrix Held Liable Under Federal Claims Statute For Actions Taken Prior to Appointment as Executrix

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A decedent died while owing over $340,000 in unpaid federal income tax liabilities. His estate was insolvent. The assets of his estate consisted almost entirely of a 100% interest in one corporation and 50% of another...more

State Court Retroactive Change to IRA Beneficiary Not Given Tax Effect by IRS

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A decedent had 2 IRAs. The death beneficiaries of the IRAs were trusts that qualified as "look through" trusts, such that the payout period for the IRAs after the decedent died could be computed using the life expectancy of...more

Social Security loopholes close, but options remain open

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) closed two popular loopholes for future Social Security benefits. As a result, certain retirees may now realize less in the way of benefits during their lifetime and leave a smaller...more

The Hidden Cost Of “Going Home” — the Expatriation Tax for Long-Term Permanent Residents Who Return to Their Home Countries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

People immigrate to the United States for many different reasons. Many come here for work reasons and, somewhere along the way, obtain permanent resident status, otherwise known as holding a “green card.” They may work in the...more

Till Death Do You Part—Wages Of The Dearly Departed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

When an employee dies, employers ask, “Who gets the employee’s wages, and how do I pay them without getting into trouble?” While employers might be tempted to consult the California Labor Code (see discussion of payment of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Voters to See Four Referendum Questions This Fall - This fall, Maine citizens will be...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet tax and benefits attorney Sue Odom discusses why Employee Stock Ownership Plans are her favorite, including huge tax advantages for certain businesses....more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - January 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Future Trends In 401(k) That A Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of. Who to pick and why. What was good yesterday might not be good today. There were cigarette ads in the 1930s that suggested that smoking had health...more

Avoid a soap opera with updated Beneficiary forms

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Yes, I will admit it: I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession: Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

New Federal Budget Ends Two Spousal Social Security Claiming Strategies

The federal budget agreement that President Obama signed into law November 2, 2015, spells the end to two Social Security strategies that some spouses have used to maximize benefits. The strategies were worth tens of...more

Tax Planning Before Turning 70: What You Should Know About RMDs

by Lewitt Hackman on

Tax payers aged 70 ½ or older this year must take a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD, from their traditional IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive...more

Treasury and the IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Implementing Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In recent guidance, the Department of Treasury and the IRS issued proposed rules that clarify under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that the terms “spouse” and “husband” and “wife” refer to individuals who are lawfully...more

New Maine Budget Would Make Numerous Tax Changes

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Hoping to avoid a potential government shutdown, this week the Legislature passed a biennial budget that once again makes significant tax changes, but stops well short of the major tax reform desired by many legislators. The...more

The Estate Planner – July/August 2015

In This Issue: - Can a Broken Trust be Fixed? - Keep it in the Family: Use an intrafamily loan to cover estate taxes - Tax Court: Trust Can Materially Participate in a Business - Estate Planning...more

Starting a New Job? Consider These Tips When Signing Up for Employee Benefits

When you start a new job you may be offered a wide range of employee benefits, from retirement accounts to life insurance. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, the decisions you make when signing up for these...more

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