Gift Tax

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.

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.

Clawback of the Gift Tax

The lifetime gift tax exclusion increased to $5 million for 2011 and 2012, and there is concern that the IRS will attempt to assess either an additional gift tax or extra estate tax if the lifetime exclusion is subsequently reduced.

IRS Releases 2010 Gift Tax Return

The IRS released the final 2010 version of Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, and its instructions.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.