Valuation

Recent developments in estate planning: Part 1

This article is the first of two parts of an annual update on developments in trust, estate, and gift taxation. Part 1 discusses developments affecting trusts and the generation-skipping transfer tax, as well as inflation adjustments.

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

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.

Preparing and Filing Form 8939

The IRS has issued Form 8939 and long-awaited guidance for executors of decedents who died in 2010 and who are deciding whether to elect out of the estate tax and apply the carryover basis rules of Sec. 1022.

A Valuation Discount Win for Estate Planners

There has been relatively little guidance on how LLCs should be treated for transfer tax purposes. However, in 2009 a case the Tax Court ruled in favor of the taxpayer that a transfer of an interest in an SMLLC should be valued as a transfer of an interest in the entity.

Newsletter Articles

TAX REFORM

Traps for the unwary: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes

By now many of us are familiar with the various provisions of the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97. Here is a list of changes together with (perhaps) unexpected nuances.

DEDUCTIONS

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

The package includes final regulations, guidance on how to calculate W-2 wages, a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses, and new proposed rules on the treatment of previously suspended losses.