Taxation of Estates & Trusts

Recent developments in estate planning: Part 1

In this first installment of an annual update on trust, estate, and gift taxation, the topics include estate tax closing letters, the basic exclusion amount, estate debts and expenses, and extending the time to elect portability.

Trusts as S corporation shareholders

Generally, a trust cannot hold stock of an S corporation; however, grantor trusts, testamentary trusts, voting trusts, ESBTs, and QSSTs are permissible S corporation shareholders (Sec. 1361(c)(2)).

10 common Form 709 mistakes

While it may take some finesse to report the most complicated transactions on Form 709, you do not have to be a gift tax specialist to be aware of 10 common return preparation mistakes.

Indirect gift tax considerations for 2021

It is important to consider some of the less-obvious gifts when you are advising clients who are intent on using up their full $11.7 million basic exclusion amount before the end of the year.

The grantor trust rules: An exploited mismatch

This article discusses the history of the grantor trust rules, how they are exploited to avoid taxes, and ways the rules might be reformed to prevent them from being used for tax avoidance.

Recent developments in estate planning: Part 2

This second part of an annual update examining developments in estate, trust, and gift taxation covers recent court cases, proposed regulations, and other IRS guidance on estate tax.

Tax Insider Articles

DEDUCTIONS

Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.

TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.