It has been widely reported that the income tax return filing and payment dates for many taxpayers have been pushed back. What has been much less widely noted is that the due date for GIFT tax returns (IRS Forms 709) has NOT been pushed back. That means that, if you are one of the [...]
NEWS ALERT: The 2019 Secure Act Becomes Law and Estate Plans Likely Need to be Modified! Yes, This is a Very Big Deal!
Effective as of January 1, 2020, our tax laws have changed in some very significant ways, especially as to the rules applying to the distribution of assets remaining in Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”) and Qualified Retirement Plans (“QPs”) after the death of the owner/participant/employee (“participant”). The one significant change to the Secure Act made after our July 2019 Newsletter will be discussed in this News Alert, which provides more favorable rules to benefit disabled and chronically ill beneficiaries.
NEWS ALERT: Federal Government Quietly Threatens Attorneys, Regardless of Practice Area, with Significant Penalties & Jail Time For Assisting Those with Special Needs Family Members
On June 25, 2019, the Social Security Administration (the “SSA”) published changes to its interpretive guidance, known as its Program Operation Manual System (the “POMS”).
The 2018 GA Legislative Session turned out to be a very big deal for those living in GA. This new legislation was enacted at the end of March 2018, but the GA Governor had until the end of May 8, 2018 to veto any legislation he did not like. This time has now passed, and all of the 2018 legislation (with one exception discussed below) impacting the estate planning world will now officially become effective on July 1, 2018.
NEWS ALERT: Coming Tax Law Changes May Effectively Eliminate the Deduction for Charitable Contributions – Consider Making Your Charitable Gifts Before 2017 Ends!
People who regularly make charitable contributions generally expect that those contributions will be deductible on their income tax returns. However, some of the currently proposed tax law changes would effectively eliminate this deduction for a huge portion of U.S. taxpayers.
NEWS ALERT: With Revenue Procedure 2017-34, the IRS Effectively Allows a Two-Year Window for Portability Elections in Smaller Estates and Grants an Easy Second Chance at the Election for Some of Them
by Loraine M. DiSalvo - Prior to 2010, the federal estate tax exemption (now known more commonly as the “Basic Exclusion Amount”) was a use-it-or-lose-it benefit...
NEWS ALERT: Another Important IRS Filing Due by May 1, 2017, for Those Involved with Conservation Easements (IRS Notice 2017-10)
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved to put a yield sign in front of anyone wanting to invest in a syndicated conservation easement to gain a charitable tax deduction and, in this regard, has issued a Notice which retroactively applies to transactions entered into on or after January 1, 2010. The Notice states that [...]
NEWS ALERT: Important IRS Filings Due by May 1, 2017, for Those Involved with Micro-Captive Insurance Companies (IRS Notice 2016-66, as Modified by IRS Notice 2017-08)
The IRS has moved to put a yield sign in front of anyone creating or utilizing a micro-captive insurance company under IRC Section 831(b) by designating all (or mostly all) such micro-captives created on or after November 2, 2006, as transactions of interest which have significant notice requirements. These include the need for captive owners [...]
NEWS ALERT: The IRS Just Confirmed That a QTIP Election Can Be Used With a Portability Election, Answering a Question That Has Existed Since 2010
The IRS recently answered a question that has existed for nearly six years now: whether Revenue Procedure 2001-38 would end up preventing the intentional use of a QTIP trust as part of planning aimed at using the new portability election to have a deceased spouse's Basic Exclusion Amount transferred to a surviving spouse.
NEWS ALERT: Brand New Proposed Treasury Regulations Under IRC Section 2704 May Significantly Impact Family Business & Investment Entities
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have long planned to modify Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 2704. Finally, on August 2, 2016, the proposed new rules were announced.