Estate Taxation

  • Customized Retirement Plans Revisited—An Overlooked Benefit for Business Owners: Higher Contributions, Flexibility and Opportunities for Additional Deductions

    By:
    Kenneth A. Horowitz CLU, ChFC, RICP
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    Sep 1, 2019

    The current pension legislation was just given a boost to assist business owners of closely held privately entities with income tax planning strategies to help manage current income taxes as well as attract, retain, and reward talent to their businesses.

  • Key Estate Planning Concepts That Every CPA Should Know for Their High Net Worth Clients

    By:
    Randy P. Siller, CPA*, CIMA®, and Daniel L. Daniels, JD
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    Aug 1, 2019

    A Credit Shelter Trust [(CST), also known as a bypass trust, estate tax shelter trust, or family trust], is a type of irrevocable trust used by married couples with large estates to take full advantage of the federal estate tax exemptions. The federal exemption for 2019 is $11,400,000 per taxpayer, so proper use of this vehicle can allow a married couple to shield up to $22,800,000 of assets from federal estate tax.

  • What CPAs Should Know About Captive Insurance Companies

    By:
    Chad L. Reyes
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    Aug 1, 2019

    In today's fast-moving business environment, many successful companies are increasingly choosing to supplement their existing Property and Casualty policy coverages with a Captive Insurance Company to more effectively manage their enterprises risk. A high percentage of these companies are not just Fortune 1000 companies but rather highly successful family-owned businesses searching for a need of a more effective approach to managing the risks of their growing business.

  • 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. 
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