A surviving spouse has the option to file a joint return for the deceased spouse’s year of death, but several factors must be considered to determine if this is a good idea.
This article offers answers to questions from clients who are concerned about protecting their estate from tax changes that might happen in 2021.
For clients who are projected to have a federally taxable estate and desire to gift assets to heirs, now may be the right time to implement planning strategies
This second of a two-part article discusses regulations on calculating the basic exclusion amount once the higher estate tax exemption expires after 2025, as well as several court cases and IRS private letter rulings.
This first part of the annual update covers trust and gift tax issues, including regulations explaining deductions permitted for trusts and estates after the TCJA eliminated miscellaneous itemized deductions for individuals.
Taxpayers can obtain unique benefits when it comes to gift and estate tax planning by using trusts and taking advantage of applicable valuation conventions.
After a divorce is finalized, the client must consider some key questions: What can I afford? How do I make my cut of the pie last? Will I be able to retire?
This discussion considers some of the key differences that affect post-mortem planning when looking at entity selection.
As a recent Tax Court case demonstrates, when dealing with property interests in certain cases, advisers must carefully consider whether Sec. 2036(a) can cause an estate inclusion of the property interests.
The Eleventh Circuit holds a taxpayer is entitled to a deduction under Sec. 1341 for a payment made to reimburse her ex-spouse for a portion of a settlement in an excess-compensation lawsuit.
A well-drafted estate plan should address the management and distribution of digital assets to mitigate additional administrative burdens on fiduciaries.
The implications of the TJCA's large increase in the estate and gift tax exemption are complex and affect estate planning for everyone, not just the small percentage of the population who will still file estate tax returns.
Use of a Sec. 2503(c) or minor’s trust allows for transfers of property (and income shifting) to children, while parents maintain control of the property at least until the child reaches age 21.
An estate plan is incomplete without a detailed list of instructions that explains how to carry it out.
This article discusses changes that might affect clients that are divorced, are in the process of divorcing, or that have prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements.
This column discusses advising clients on the implications for choice-of-entity decisions, charitable giving strategies, and estate, retirement, and higher education planning.
CPAs are in a key position to assess tax implications of property divisions and must consider professional responsibility standards if the ex-spouses both want to remain clients.
This item focuses on the pitfalls and potential opportunities to consider in the illiquid marital estate arena.
When parents divorce without a meeting of the minds or a well-crafted agreement, issues can result as to who is entitled to the tax benefits from supporting their children.
A transfer of ownership of a closely held business in divorce does not trigger gain or loss if it is directly between the spouses.