Tag Archives: Taxes

2017 Federal Tax Inflation Adjustments

Each year, the IRS makes inflation adjustments to numerous thresholds, exemptions, exclusions, and other amounts that affect various tax calculations under the Internal Revenue Code. For example, annual inflation adjustments apply to the standard deductions available to taxpayers for income tax purposes, the filing thresholds for each income tax bracket, the amount available for annual … Continue Reading

IRS Defines ‘Spouse,’ ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife,’ and ‘Marriage’ for Tax Purposes

The IRS recently issued final regulations, effective as of Sept. 2, 2016, providing gender-neutral definitions of “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife,” and clarifying the definition of “marriage” for federal income, transfer, and employment tax purposes. Under the new final regulation section 301.7701-18(c), a marriage (same-sex or opposite-sex) will be recognized for federal tax purposes if it is … Continue Reading

Trusts Can Provide Benefits Even for the Most Financially Savvy

In planning for the next generation, many parents struggle with the decision of whether to transfer property to their children outright or in trust.  Some feel that transferring property outright is the best option when the beneficiary is competent (i.e., mature, intelligent, financially savvy, and capable of managing money and making investment decisions).  A beneficiary … Continue Reading

Portability of the Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion – How Does it Work?

Portability refers to the ability of a surviving spouse, to make use of a deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exclusion amount (DSUE amount).  Portability was intended to simplify estate planning for married couples by eliminating the need for a bypass trust.  However, in order to preserve the DSUE amount the surviving spouse must comply with … Continue Reading

Bill to Bar Air Excise Tax on Aircraft Management Fees Clears House Ways and Means Committee

A bill that would exempt aircraft management fees from the federal air transportation excise tax is advancing in the House — good news for aircraft owners who use a leasing company structure to save on state sales tax when purchasing aircraft. The bill (H.R. 3608) clarifies that fees paid to an aircraft services company to … 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

Greenberg Traurig Webinar – 2016 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning: Key Take-Aways

Greenberg Traurig Tax & Business Group attorneys Jonathan Forster and Todd Steinberg, along with AALU Director of Public Policy, David Hollingsworth, hosted the 2016 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning webinar.  Hollingsworth provided the political and legislative update and discussed the challenges facing the insurance industry. Forster discussed what is trending  in the marketplace, including rising interest … Continue Reading

IRS Says Aircraft Leasing Entity is Eligible for 1031 Tax Free Exchange Treatment Despite Leasing to Related Companies at No Profit

We previously wrote about how a recently passed Texas bill (S.B. 1396) will allow certain in-state aircraft purchases to qualify for a resale exemption from sales tax, with the tax instead applied to later leasing contract payments. Now, a new IRS Chief Counsel memo says that an aircraft leasing partnership that trades in an aircraft that … 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

Overdue Taxes? You Could Lose Your Passport

Pursuant to a new law that Congress is expected to pass in early December, the State Department could soon have the power to rescind the passports of people who have “seriously delinquent” tax debt.  Taxpayers with over $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes who are not in the process of resolving their debts with the IRS … Continue Reading
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