Gift Tax

Recent Developments in Estate Planning: Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series examining developments in estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax and trust income tax. Part 1 discusses legislative and gift and estate tax developments.

Gifts of Partnership Interests

If the general partner has unfettered discretion to make or withhold distributions, any gift of an interest in the partnership may be treated as a gift of a future interest not qualifying for the annual gift tax exclusion.

Recent Developments in Estate Planning (Part 1)

This is the first part of a two-part article examining developments in estate, gift, and trust income tax between June 2014 and May 2015. Part 1 discusses gift and estate tax developments.

Gifts to Trust Qualify for Annual Exclusion

The Tax Court held that the withdrawal rights provided in a trust declaration were not illusory and that therefore a married couple's gifts to the trust were gifts of present interests in property that qualified for the annual exclusion.

Using a Crummey Trust to Preserve Gift Tax Exclusion

In the typical Crummey trust, a periodic contribution of assets to the trust is accompanied by an immediate withdrawal power that gives the beneficiary the right to withdraw the contribution for a limited time.

Gift and Estate Tax Planning Considerations

With thoughtful planning, taxpayers can minimize gift and estate taxes while retaining some control of transferred assets by establishing trusts or limited partnerships and using the annual gift tax exclusion.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Results of the annual survey are in, as more than 3,800 CPA tax preparers tell how their return preparation software worked for them during this year’s busy season.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

CPAs contend with tax ID theft

Tax-related identity theft fraud remains a widespread problem that is often difficult for victims and their tax preparers to correct.