Taxation of Estates and Trusts

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.

The Impact of the Net Investment Income Tax on Estates and Trusts

This article describes the calculation of the Sec. 1411 net investment income tax on estates and trusts, demonstrating that the additional complexity and burden of the tax may give tax professionals pause in advising that a trust is a viable means for accumulating and preserving wealth from one generation to the next.

Fiduciary Fee Unbundling Rules Delayed Until 2015

In response to a comment that the current effective date of the new rules on fiduciary fees does not give fiduciaries enough time to implement them, the IRS amended T.D. 9664 to delay the date.

Recent Developments in Estate Planning: Part 2

This is the second in a two-part article examining developments in estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax and trust income tax between June 2013 and May 2014. This article covers trust developments, the taxation of trusts under the new 3.8% net investment income tax, President Barack Obama's estate and gift tax proposals, and inflation adjustments for 2014.

Final Sec. 67(e) Regulations: The End of a Long Journey

Sec. 67(e) reached the end of a long and tortured journey recently, when the IRS issued final regulations defining, once and for all, which expenses of an estate or trust are classified as miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor and the alternative minimum tax.

Removing Capital Gains From Trusts

The implementation of the Uniform Principal and Income Act of 1997 (UPAIA) and the 2004 revisions to the regulations under Sec. 643 have provided fiduciaries with some flexibility in making distributions of capital gains to beneficiaries.

Tax Planning Opportunities With BAPTs

A new tax planning idea that the authors of this item call a Business Asset Protection Trust (BAPT) creates a variety of income tax planning opportunities touching on international transfer pricing, S corporation trust eligibility rules, Sec. 355 split-offs, and captive insurance companies. It also creates user-friendly internal swaps that do not need to meet the draconian requirements of Sec. 1031.

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States look to unclaimed property for revenue

State audits of abandoned and unclaimed property (AUP) have exploded in recent years. This report outlines the escheat process, common types of AUP, how different states are handling it and how companies can plan for potential audits and liabilities.

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Understanding the new Sec. 199A business income deduction

The new deduction allows certain business owners to keep pace with the significant corporate tax cut provided by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.