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Taxpayers Bear Risk of State’s Proposals to Counter Elimination of SALT Deduction

Several states are considering proposals in an attempt to reduce the impact of federal tax reform’s $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In New York, the Governor’s budget proposal includes establishing two charitable organizations (one for health care and one for education) that will enable taxpayers to make a contribution to those … Continue Reading

California Proposes Legislation to Impose Sales and Use Tax on Services

Recently proposed legislation would require sellers to collect sales and use tax on the sales price of certain services to California businesses. On Feb. 5, 2018, California Senator Robert Hertzberg introduced a bill, which if enacted, would impose sales and use tax on purchases of services by businesses for benefit and use in California, effective … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) Changes to Tax-Advantaged Bonds

The president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the 2017 Tax Legislation) into law on Dec. 22, 2017.  The 2017 Tax Legislation made direct changes to the tax rules for tax-advantaged bonds, including eliminating advance refunding bonds and tax-credit bonds, and made other changes that will indirectly effect tax-advantage bonds, including reducing corporate tax … Continue Reading

IRS Announces February 2018 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

Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Real Estate

The following is a summary of the real estate provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 22, 2017. Individual Rates (Temporary) General tax rate and bracket reductions for individuals (top rate of 37 percent applies to income above $600,000 for joint filers, $500,000 for single … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Whether Physical Presence is Required for Sales and Use Tax Purposes

U.S. Supreme Court grants certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al. The U.S. Supreme Court will review the validity of a South Dakota law which requires remote retailers to collect the state’s sales and use tax even if the retailer does not have a physical presence there. If this state law is upheld by … Continue Reading

IRS Approves Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of the California Wildfires

In response to the devastation caused by the 2017 California wildfires, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved the use of employer leave-based donation programs to provide relief to victims of the wildfires.  In Notice 2017-70, the IRS provides guidance on how employees may elect to forgo vacation, sick, or personal leave time in exchange for … Continue Reading

GT Alert – Highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Dec. 20, 2017, the House and Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R.1, and this bill is on its way to President Trump for signature.  When signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a wide impact on various aspects of U.S. federal individual, corporate, partnership, international, and trust and … Continue Reading

529 Plans – Tools for Financing a College Education

Take it from a former student: college is expensive! Student loan debt in the United States is presently in excess of $1.3 trillion and growing, as college tuition increases continue to outpace the rate of inflation. Parents and family members who wish to help pay for their loved ones to attend an accredited post-secondary institution … Continue Reading

Tis the Season: Holiday Gifting Without Gift-Tax Pains

Many individuals give gifts to family, friends, and charities during the holiday season. Knowing the tax rules applicable to gifts will ease the process and enhance the joy of gifting. Gifts Come in Many Shapes. For individual U.S. citizens or residents, the federal gift tax applies generally to all gifts of property – of whatever … Continue Reading

IRS Announces December 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

Tax Reform: The Impact on Tax-Exempt Bonds and Low-Income Housing Finance

The Senate Proposal – Some Good News. The Senate Finance Committee released its proposed tax bill (the “2017 Senate Tax Bill”) late on November 9, 2017. Unlike the 2017 House Tax Bill (defined below), the 2017 Senate Tax Bill would maintain current private activity bond provisions without modification (although, like the 2017 House Tax Bill, … Continue Reading

Making Final Arrangements for Funerals and Dispositions of Remains

Unlike Halloween, funeral arrangements shouldn’t be a spooky mysterious process. If your wishes are not specified in writing, how will your family and friends know your ideal ultimate resting place? To avoid confusion and added stress in a time of grief and mourning, as much of the desired funeral and burial/cremation arrangements should be made … Continue Reading

Federal Estate Tax Exemption Increases to $11.2 Million in 2018 (For a Married Couple)

The federal estate (and gift) tax exemption amount (exemption amount) is the total amount that an individual may transfer during life, or at death, without incurring gift, estate, or generation-skipping transfer tax on the value of the transferred assets.  This amount is adjusted annually for inflation, meaning that even if you exhaust your exemption amount … Continue Reading

IRS Announces November 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

IRS Provides Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

The IRS has announced that “affected taxpayers” in areas of Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designated as “covered disaster areas” are eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes, and perform other time-sensitive acts. Taxpayers in the categories below constitute “affected taxpayers”: Individuals who live, and businesses … Continue Reading

State Law on After-born Children Leads to Revocation of a Will

State statutes play an essential role in drafting estate planning documents, especially a will.  In some states, the birth of a child after the execution of a will may result in the revocation of the will, if not carefully drafted.  A recent Georgia case, Hobbs v. Winfield, 2017 WL 4017935 (Ga. 2017), emphasizes the importance … Continue Reading
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