Administration expenses

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.

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.

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).

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.

IRS Extends Guidance on Trustee Fees

The IRS announced that it is extending interim guidance on the treatment of investment advisory fees and other costs subject to the 2% floor under Sec. 67(a).

Interim Guidance Issued on Unbundling Trustee Fees

The IRS announced that for tax years beginning before January 1, 2008, nongrantor trusts and estates will not be required to unbundle their fiduciary fees to determine what portion is subject to the Sec. 67(a) 2% threshold for itemized deductions.

The Ongoing Sec. 67(e) Controversy and the New Preparer Penalties

This item discusses how the 2% floor affects a trust’s regular tax and alternative minimum tax (AMT), the effect of the recent Supreme Court decision in Knight on the continuing controversy, and the efficacy of the proposed regulations in the wake of the Knight decision.

Prop. Regs. Address Deductibility of Trust and Estate Costs

Editor: Kevin F. Reilly, J.D., CPA In July, the IRS issued proposed regulations (REG128224-06) providing guidance on whether costs incurred by estates or nongrantor trusts are subject to the 2% floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions. The new rules intend to clarify the deductibility of advisory fees paid by estates and

Prop. Regs. Clarify Treatment of Trust Administrative Expenses

Under Sec. 67(a), miscellaneous itemized deductions are allowed only to the extent that they exceed 2% of a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). The AGI of an estate or trust is computed in the same manner as for an individual for these purposes, except that, under Sec. 67(e)(1), administrative costs

Rudkin Files Supreme Court Petition

On March 23, 2007, the Rudkin Testamentary Trust petitioned the Supreme Court to resolve the split in the circuits over whether Sec. 67(e) allows estates and trusts to fully deduct investment management fees. (The American Bankers Association will also file an amicus brief.) The Second Circuit created a three-way split

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