Legislation

Recent Developments in Estate Planning: Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series examining developments in estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax and trust income tax. Part 1 discusses legislative and gift and estate tax developments.

“Cliff” Law Reconfigures Tax Preparation and Planning

With its scores of new and extended provisions, the American Taxpayer Relief Act offers something for nearly all taxpayers and their preparers to assess and implement as they begin preparing 2012 returns and plan for the future.

EGTRRA and JGTRRA Tax Rates Extended for Two Years in Lame Duck Session

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 has provisions from four of the five tax areas that were considered to be important for Congress to address during its “lame duck” session: the estate tax, expiring tax cuts, expired tax provisions, and the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The bill does not address the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirements.

Congress Resolves Many Tax Issues During Lame-Duck Session

Congress adjourned its year-end lame-duck session on December 22 after passing legislative fixes for several pending tax issues, including the estate tax, the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, an alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch, and extensions of many expired provisions. However, it failed to repeal the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirements that were enacted as part of this spring’s health care reform legislation.

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.