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Updated Historical Federal Transfer Tax Rates, Exemptions, and Related Information Table

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

I have updated this table to include 2018 data based on inflation adjustments and changes in the 2017 Tax Act. The $11,180,000 exemption and exemption equivalent amounts for estate, gift and GST tax are not yet out, so...more

Federal Transfer Tax Exemptions Increased … Temporarily

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Reconciliation Act of 2017) on December 19, 2017 (the Act), Congress provided increased, albeit temporary, relief to taxpayers who otherwise might be subject to federal transfer...more

Warning to Real Estate Buyers and Sellers in the City of Pittsburgh

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 1, 2018, the local realty transfer tax assessed for real estate conveyances in the City of Pittsburgh will increase one-half of one percent from 3.0% to 3.5%; meaning the aggregate realty transfer tax assessed on...more

Transfer Tax Considerations Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ushered H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), through conference committee, and President Donald Trump signed the Act into law on Dec. 22, 2017. • Most of the Act's...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 9, Issue 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

THE TOP 10 NEW YORK TAX HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 - As we look forward to an exciting new year, here is our annual list of what we viewed as the Top 10 New York Tax Highlights of 2017. 1. Appellate Division finds error in...more

TAX REFORM: Federal Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes - No Permanent Repeal, but Double Exemptions Create...

by Dechert LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law new tax legislation (the “2017 Tax Bill”). The 2017 Tax Bill makes sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code, including a reduction in corporate tax rates, significant changes...more

Tax Reform Impact On Estate Taxes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the sixth issue in a planned series of alerts designed to provide an in-depth analysis on topics related to tax reform. Like all new things, new years typically welcome many changes, opportunities and new...more

New Estate, Gift and GST Tax Provisions in Tax Reform Legislation

by Goodwin on

Congress has passed a major tax reform bill and it is expected to be signed into law in the next few days. This bill doubles the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions for transfers occurring in...more

Congress Passes Final Tax Reform Bill: U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

With the affirmative vote in the House today, both Houses of Congress have now passed a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, clearing the legislation for President Trump’s signature. President Trump is widely expected...more

Changes to municipal capital gains tax in Spain

by DLA Piper on

Under Spanish tax law, a seller of real estate in Spain is liable for two taxes: capital gains tax and municipal capital gains tax (in Spanish: plusvalía municipal). While at first glance, these taxes might appear similar,...more

The Dangers and Pitfalls of Transfer On Death and Payable On Death Accounts

Many commentators and clients today voice a concern with avoiding probate. While this blog is not intended to address the desire or merit in avoiding probate, we will highlight some of the potential traps for clients who seek...more

UK Autumn Budget 2017 – the key measures impacting business

by White & Case LLP on

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Alongside the headline-grabbing abolition of SDLT for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000,...more

2018 Inflation Adjustments to Transfer Tax Items

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The IRS released its 2018 tax adjustments - the following table summarizes the transfer tax adjustments. Note that some of these adjustments will become moot if the changes in the House and Senate versions of the pending tax...more

House of Representatives Releases First Draft of Tax Reform Bill

by Jones Day on

The Situation: On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released its first draft of much-anticipated comprehensive U.S. tax reform legislation as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." Chairman Brady’s markup of the bill...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

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

2018 Will Bring Increases to Annual Exclusion, Gift and Estate Tax Exemptions

The IRS has announced that the gift tax annual exclusion will increase from $14,000 to $15,000 in 2018, which will allow donors to give up to $15,000 ($30,000 combined for married couples) per donee each year without...more

Treasury to Withdraw Controversial Section 2704 Proposed Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

The Treasury Department announced on October 2, 2017 that it plans to withdraw proposed regulations under I.R.C. Section 2704 ("Proposed 2704 Regulations") that would have reduced or eliminated certain valuation discounts for...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

The Unified Framework for Tax Reform: Impact on Transfer Tax Planning for the High-Net-Worth Individual

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance released their Unified Framework (Framework) for Tax Reform on September 28. There were few surprises and fewer details...more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Projected Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for 2018 – How Much Can You Transfer?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Consumer Price Index was released by the Labor Department in August 2017. Not everyone anxiously awaits the release of these numbers but the experts have now made estimates of how they will impact estate, gift, and...more

CA Supreme Court: Entity Ownership Change Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

Many entities are formed for the sole purpose of buying and holding real estate. In this setup, legal title is held by the entity itself (not the entity’s owners), but the entity’s owners have a “beneficial interest” that...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...more

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