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IRS Announces October 2017 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a monthly update to the applicable federal rates (AFRs) and 7520 rates. Planning professionals and their clients should take note of fluctuations in these rates and be mindful of planning opportunities that come with rate changes. The AFR is calculated by the IRS under Section 1274(d) of the Internal … Continue Reading

Making the Move to Another State? Consider These Actions to Avoid Dual State Residency

Whether to be closer to family member or a new job opportunity, individuals are increasingly relocating to another state.  If reduction in the applicable state income tax is a motivating reason, avoiding dual-residency should be a primary objective.  It is very common for owners of certain assets (closely-held businesses, highly-appreciated assets, and/or highly compensated executives … Continue Reading

A $64 Million Question – When is a Written Acknowledgment for a Charitable Donation Needed?

Year-end is a time for many taxpayers to satisfy their philanthropic and tax-related charitable goals; however, it is important to remember that the simple act of giving does not necessarily result in the realization of desired income tax benefits from a charitable donation. The Internal Revenue Service, under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 170(f)(8)(A) and (B) … Continue Reading

Bill to Simplify State Tax Withholding on Mobile Workers Passes House

A bill that would simplify state income tax compliance for employers when they send employees on temporary assignment to another state passed the House on Sept. 21. Many state government interests oppose the bill, so its future in the Senate is uncertain. Employers face a major state tax compliance headache when they send an employee on … Continue Reading

Does Fraudulent Conduct by Someone Else Extend the Statute of Limitations Permitting the IRS to Pursue the Taxpayer?

A fraudulent tax return is bad news for a taxpayer. Normally, the IRS has a limited period of time (3 years) to audit a taxpayer’s return.  The existence (or allegation) of fraud, however, gives the IRS an unlimited amount of time to make an assessment of tax liability.  But more importantly, taxpayers may be surprised … Continue Reading

When a Fiduciary is Personally Liable for Unpaid Taxes

Although many people name family and friends as trustees or personal representatives in their legacy plan, it’s probably safe to assume that the people being appointed don’t have an understanding of the high level of responsibility inherent in carrying out their fiduciary duties.  One of the greatest fiduciary responsibilities is payment of a trust’s or … Continue Reading

Your Favorite College Sports Team Tickets May Soon Feel More Expensive

It is a common practice among many top-tier universities and colleges to “require” that alumni or other donors make a threshold donation in order to obtain access to a ticket lottery to sporting event tickets.  Currently, the tax code permits donors making these type of “donations” to deduct 80 percent of the contribution amount, a … Continue Reading

Tired of Your Tax Bill? Consider Charitable Planning.

If the thought of filing your income tax return brings you an intense feeling of dread, it may be time to consider leveraging charitable giving to purposefully mitigate your tax exposure during a high-income year. Charitable lead annuity trusts, private foundations, and donor advised funds are three legacy planning techniques which may help you to … Continue Reading
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