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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

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

Millennials Need Estate Plans Too

Life has changed.  The millennial generation is marrying older and having children later, often due to an increased focus on education, career success, and life experiences before settling down.  As a result, many of the milestones that prompt individuals to engage in estate planning – a spouse, children, accumulation of wealth, poor health – are … Continue Reading

IRS Announces September 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

Greenberg Traurig’s Seth Entin Quoted in Accounting Today on Recent IRS Ruling

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Seth Entin was recently quoted in Accounting Today for an article on a recent IRS Ruling in the U.S. Tax Court. In July, the U.S. Tax Court rejected a long-standing Internal Revenue Service ruling and held that when a non-U.S. person sells an interest in a partnership or is completely redeemed from a … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Diana Zeydel Quoted In Forbes

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Diana Zeydel, was recently quoted in Forbes where she discusses estate tax valuation rules. The article is in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order to reduce tax regulatory burdens. The U.S. Treasury identified the valuation rules as significant and ripe for review in an interim report and is accepting comments through Thursday, … Continue Reading

There’s No Time Like the Present

Admittedly, estate planning is not an easy topic to bring up with parents and other family members, but dealing with the topic when there are no looming health issues is definitely easier than discussing estate and disability planning after a diagnosis or accident.  You’d probably assume that the parents of a middle aged estate planner … Continue Reading

IRS Announces August 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

Maryland Reduces Evidentiary Requirements to Exempt Primary Residence of Domestic Partners from Inheritance Tax

On May 4, 2017, Maryland’s Governor signed into law H.B. No. 1104, effective July 1, 2017, reducing the evidentiary documentation required from domestic partners to evidence the qualification of their joint primary residence for the Maryland inheritance tax exemption. Maryland law provides that, in a domestic partnership, the inheritance tax will not apply to the … 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

The Sooner the Better: Planning with Long-Term Care Insurance

With the skyrocketing cost of long-term care, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home health care, many families are recognizing the importance of long-term care insurance.  People in their late 50s and early 60s are the most common purchasers of long-term care insurance.  However, those purchasers may find that the premiums on long-term care insurance policies … Continue Reading
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