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Tax Reform: Sweeping Changes To Federal Tax Law And The Impact On Businesses And Individuals

by Akerman LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law what is commonly referred to as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (the "Act"). The Act makes significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and affects a broad...more

New Internal Revenue Code Section 199A: The 20% Deduction for “Pass-Thru” Businesses

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Aside from corporate tax reductions, one of the most important aspects of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beginning this year is the new 20% deduction for “pass-thru” businesses – i.e. businesses that are not corporations. With...more

Summary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by Lathrop Gage on

H.R. 1, better known as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”), passed both the House and Senate earlier this week and was signed by President Trump. Most of the relevant provisions of the Act will be effective for tax...more

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: Impact And Planning

On December 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) instituting sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code.1 By now, many taxpayers are familiar with the ‘big ticket’ changes the Act brings to the...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 19, 2017, the Senate passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “Bill”). The House of Representatives passed the Bill on December 20, 2017. This follows the release by the conference committee of the...more

New Tax Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”). President Trump is expected to sign the Act into law soon. The Act generally will take effect on January 1, 2018 and will make important...more

Congress Passes Historic New Tax Law

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Congress has passed a major overhaul of the US tax system. The measure passed 224 to 201 in the House and 51-48 in the Senate, largely along party lines. The tax bill is now on its way to the President, and the President is...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

More Scrutiny of Donor Advised Funds

by Bryan Cave on

Notice 2017-73, released on December 4, 2017, describes potential approaches that may be taken to address issues raised regarding the use of donor advised funds (“DAF”). The Treasury and IRS are considering developing...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

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2017

In This Issue: - When should you turn down an inheritance? - Addressing intellectual property requires careful estate planning - Year end is an ideal time to review your estate plan - Estate planning pitfall: You’re...more

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2018 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update: What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following permanent:...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

Estate and Gift Tax Audits: TIGTA Report Exposes Need for Improvement

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

While proposals for the eventual elimination of the estate tax are being hashed out in Congress, the IRS effort of auditing estate tax returns continues – business as usual. A recent report by the Treasury Inspector General...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

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

by Ruder Ware on

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness? I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their...more

Closely Held Businesses: You Make the Plan, or a Plan Will Be Made For You

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Who is the Better Planner for Your Affairs: You or the State? Planning for succession of a closely held business is a lot like making a will. An individual has the opportunity to make a will which directs how the...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

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

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

Withdrawal of Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September and December of last year, we posted blog articles discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed...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

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Butler Snow LLP on

Remember all that time and energy you put into figuring out what the proposed regulations under Section 2704 were all about? Well, you’re going to want to try to find a way to get that back. The proposed regulations, the...more

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