Estate Tax

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.

Recent Developments in Estate Planning: Part I

This two-part article examines developments in estate planning and compliance between June 2011 and May 2012. Part I discusses developments regarding gift tax and trusts, an outlook on estate tax reform, and annual inflation adjustments for 2012 relevant to estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Part II, in the October issue, will cover developments in estate tax.

IRS Issues Rules on Portability Election

The IRS has issued temporary regulations on how to elect to use a deceased spouse’s unused exclusion from estate taxes, also known as the portability election.

Estate Planning for International Clients

It is essential for clients with multiple citizenship or residency to understand that the timing and manner of cross-border wealth transfers fundamentally affect their ability to minimize tax burdens.

Important Lessons Regarding Valuation Issues

Taxpayers with high income and high net worth should be diligent regarding the valuation process and ensure they have used thorough and well-documented appraisal methodologies.

Estate Tax Treatment of Grantor Retained Interests Clarified

The IRS issued final regulations providing guidance on the portion of property (held in trust or otherwise) includible in the grantor’s gross estate if the grantor has retained the use of the property or the right to an annuity, unitrust, graduated retained interest, or other payment from the property for life, for any period not ascertainable without reference to the grantor’s death, or for a period that does not in fact end before the grantor’s death.

Estate Tax Protective Claim and Portability Election Procedures Detailed

The IRS issued guidance on filing a protective claim for refund of estate tax and notifying the IRS that the claim is ready for consideration, and to alert executors to the need to file Form 706 to make an election allowing the decedent’s spouse to receive the decedent’s unused estate and gift tax exemption.

Newsletter Articles

SPONSORED REPORT

States look to unclaimed property for revenue

State audits of abandoned and unclaimed property (AUP) have exploded in recent years. This report outlines the escheat process, common types of AUP, how different states are handling it and how companies can plan for potential audits and liabilities.

DEDUCTIONS

Understanding the new Sec. 199A business income deduction

The new deduction allows certain business owners to keep pace with the significant corporate tax cut provided by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.