Under current U.S. tax law, a U.S. citizen may transfer property to his or her U.S. citizen spouse without any tax consequence or limitation. However, a U.S. citizen married to a noncitizen can make only a limited amount of bequests to his or her spouse.
Due to the popularity of family limited partnerships (FLPs) and the significant tax savings they can provide, the IRS has sought to limit the benefits of their use. As part of its attack on an FLP, the IRS frequently will challenge the value of the FLP that is claimed on an estate or gift tax return.
This article focuses on estate planning opportunities relating to the generation-skipping transfer tax that practitioners and taxpayers should consider for implementation in 2009.
Despite the impending confusion, there are some steps tax practitioners can take in working with clients to ensure their estates are in the best position over the next few years.
Disclaimers are very useful tools for estate planners, especially in postmortem planning. However, if an estate planner is not diligent in the planning and execution of a disclaimer, it can have adverse transfer tax consequences.
As 2010 approaches, tax legislators and policy makers are sharply divided on a more permanent approach to taxing the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next.
Editor: Michael D. Koppel, CPA, PFS In October 2006, the IRS issued Prop. Regs. Secs. 1.72-6(e) and 1.1001-1(j), which propose to substantially reduce the income tax benefits of private annuities (REG-141901-05). Basically, the proposed regulations require the annuitant (the person transferring the property) to recognize the entire gain or loss
Editor: Kevin F. Reilly, J.D., CPA One of the first decisions taxpayers must make when planning their estates is what to do with the principal home. With the changing and sometimes downtrodden real estate market, this can be a difficult and time-consuming task for heirs, particularly if they do not