Estate Taxation

  • A Primer on How to Provide for your Bitcoin in your Estate Planning and the Taxation Thereof

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Nov 1, 2018
    The ownership of a digital currency, whether it be bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, has by its very nature significant complexities. As part of its inherent complexities, the issue of its taxation and how one can legally dispose of the cryptocurrency upon one’s demise needs to be properly addressed.
  • Dear Mom and Dad: Would You Mind if I Gifted You My Low-Cost Basis Assets?

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Sep 1, 2018
    When one thinks of a gift of significant assets, it is most often one from a parent or grandparent to their children or grandchildren. This is often done to allow the older generation to reduce the size of their estate for federal or New York tax purposes or for elder law and asset protection planning purposes. 
  • A Tale of Three Freezes

    By:
    N. Todd Angkatavanich, JD, LLM (taxation) and Jonathan A. Mayer, CPA
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    Aug 1, 2018
    As a general proposition, all estate freeze transactions share some common characteristics. These transactions generally involve a senior generation family member (sometimes referred to as "Senior Family Member") making some form of a transfer of an asset and receiving back some form of cash-flow interest (e.g., a promissory note, a fixed annuity interest, or a preferred payment). 
  • U.S. Taxation of U.S. LLCs: Major Considerations in the International Context

    By:
    Michael W. Galligan
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    Jul 1, 2018
    Many countries make a strict distinction between corporations and partnerships for tax purposes and do not have a “check-the-box” election or, if they do, it does not necessarily follow the U.S. scheme. 
  • Both Sides Now: The Increasing Importance of Focusing on Both Sides of Competence for Families and Family Owned Enterprises

    By:
    Patricia Annino, Esq., JD, LLM (taxation)
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    Jul 1, 2018

    We are in a global societal phase change and are living in a non-linear world. All of us know someone who is one year old, and most of us know individuals who are older than 100. Many generations now coexist—entwining families emotionally, intellectually, physically, and financially in unprecedented ways. Accountants have never been in the position of planning for and impacting so many generations at once.

  • How Will the Trump Administration Impact Estate Taxes and Medicaid Benefits for Long-Term Care?

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Dec 1, 2017
    While it still remains to be seen which specific legislative policies the Trump administration will enact, a repeal of the federal estate tax may be very likely if Congress passes tax reform or tax cuts.  
  • Key Tax Issues in Negotiating M&A Deals for Small Businesses

    By:
    Jordan L. Fieldstein, JD, LLM (taxation) and Michael P. Spiro, JD, LLM (taxation)
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    Oct 1, 2017
    Negotiating the sale of a small business begins with striking the commercial bargain between the parties. The alternative tax structures available to effect a single transaction, however, can have a significant impact on the parties’ economic bargain. 
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