Trusts

Trust Can Qualify for Sec. 469(c)(7) Exception

The Tax Court held that a trustee's ­activities in a trade or business of a trust was work performed by an individual, and, therefore, it was possible for a trust to qualify for the Sec. 469(c)(7) exception to the treatment of rental real estate activities as per se passive activities.

Final Rules on Fiduciary Fees Are Issued

The IRS issued final regulations on the controversial question of which costs incurred by trust and estates are subject to the 2% floor on miscellaneous deductions under Sec. 67(a).

The Mechanics of Decanting

This item addresses the mechanics of decanting and provides guidance on how not to spill or otherwise compromise the trust assets.

Trust Materially Participated in Real Estate Business

The Tax Court held that a trust materially participated in its rental real estate business and therefore could deduct the losses it incurred in conducting those activities as losses from nonpassive activities.

Computing the Charitable Tax Deduction for a Charitable Remainder Trust

The methods for calculating a charitable remainder annnuity trust and a charitable remainder unitrust are different because the CRUT income stream fluctuates with changes in the value of the trust property. The technicalities involved in determining the value of the income stream or the remainder interest are much more complex for a CRUT.

Alternatives to Form 1041 for Grantor Trusts

For most grantor trusts, filing Form 1041 is optional. Described in this item are alternative methods of reporting and the situations when an alternative reporting method is available.

Computing the Includible Portion for Graduated GRATs

Recent regulations provide practitioners a reminder that planning discussions with clients considering graduated GRATs should include a review of the potential consequences presented if the grantor dies prematurely

Trust Deductions: Knight, Prop. Regs. Still Govern

Preparers of fiduciary tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012 will not be required to unbundle fiduciary fees, but they still must treat payments readily identifiable as subject to the 2% floor separately from a bundled fiduciary fee.

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.