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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

House Tax Bill Seeks Major Overhaul of Tax Code

On November 2, the Ways and Means Committee released its long-awaited version of tax reform, entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The bill proposes significant changes to many key areas of federal tax law. This alert...more

Federal Tax Reform: The House Tax Bill—Summary and Where Do We Go From Here?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House Republicans released their tax bill—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—last Thursday. Although its provisions are generally in line with the House Republican Blueprint for Tax Reform released in June 2016 by House Speaker Paul...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017 Representative Kevin Brady, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”). In general, there are a few noteworthy observations regarding the Act. First,...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

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

House Republicans Release (Simplified?) Tax Reform Bill

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

Update to Guide on U.S. Taxation of Nonresident Aliens

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

I first wrote a simplified guide to U.S. taxation of nonresident aliens before the Internet and emails. The first few editions were printed and mailed out to persons on our firm's mailing list. Eventually, I circulated it by...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

The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Potential U.S. Tax Reform Implications of the 2016 Elections

by Dickinson Wright on

As a result of the United States federal elections on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and the House of Representatives and Senate both will consist of Republican majorities. As a result, it is...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Making Lifetime Gifts Saves Federal Taxes

by Perkins Coie on

Lifetime Gifts Yield Estate and Gift Tax Savings - The federal gift tax annual exclusion currently allows each individual to give up to $14,000 each year to an unlimited number of donees – entirely free of tax. (Under...more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part One

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This year, Blank Rome’s annual estate planning newsletter will be issued in six installments. Each installment will discuss certain concepts and techniques that we hope may be of interest to our clients and...more

Low Interest Rate Is High Time for Some Estate Planning Ideas

When practitioners and clients think of estate planning, several goals typically come to mind: (1) identifying family members and charitable organizations to whom or for whose benefit assets are to be given; (2) ensuring that...more

Significant Changes to New York Estate and Income Tax Enacted

We previously alerted you to proposed legislation affecting New York estate tax law, the tax treatment of gifts by New York residents, and New York income taxation of certain trusts. This month Governor Cuomo signed final...more

Significant Changes Proposed to New York Estate and Income Tax Laws

The New York State Legislature is considering some significant proposed changes to the New York estate tax law, the tax treatment of gifts by New York residents, and New York income taxation of certain trusts. Some important...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Estate Planning Opportunities Arising from Recent Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Concerning Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional in the case of United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”). In a related case, the...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - May 2013: Significant changes in tax rates in store for 2013 and beyond

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) combine to produce significant changes in tax rates for 2013 and future years. The 2012 Tax Act...more

Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News (Oregon)

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping...more

Alert: Estate Planning - January 2013

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

For the first time in more than a decade, clients and advisors can plan their estates with a significant degree of certainty. The new tax law passed by Congress on January 1, 2013 and signed into law by President Obama...more

2013 Estate Planning Update

by McCarter & English, LLP on

As 2012 drew to a close, your estate planning attorney's attention was diverted from the ball drop in Times Square to whether Congress would drop the ball with respect to the fiscal cliff. Congress, however, passed the...more

What the “Fiscal Cliff” Resolution Means for Personal Estate Planning

by Dechert LLP on

For the first time in 12 years, the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax law does not have a built-in expiration date in the United States. Congress has exempted all estates below approximately $5 million ($10...more

Estate Planning & Federal Tax Update - Winter 2013

With the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA ”) passed and the fiscal cliff safely averted, the time has come to turn your attention to your estate plan. What Did the ATRA Accomplish? The fiscal cliff...more

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