Estate Taxation

  • Colorado Wins Round Two on Use Tax Reporting Requirements for Remote Sellers

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
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    Apr 1, 2016
    In 2010, Colorado enacted a law that imposes use tax reporting obligations on many remote sellers with no nexus to the state. This law does not require them to collect sales or use tax; it only requires them to report the sales information to both the purchaser and the state of Colorado, notifying them of a use tax liability. 
  • ‘Til Death or Divorce Do Us Part

    By:
    Carole M. Bass and Rebecca A. Provder
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    Mar 1, 2016
    Death and divorce -  two “d” words that no one wants to talk about, but which cannot be ignored. While working together at the same firm, the authors – a trusts and estates lawyer and a matrimonial lawyer – have seen firsthand the significant overlap between their two fields, and how considering both can achieve optimal results for clients. 
  • You Can’t Take it With You: Passive Activity Loss Carryovers at Death

    By:
    Carl Fiore, JD, LLM
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    Mar 1, 2016
    “You can’t take it with you.” Although more commonly associated with gift and estate tax planning among tax practitioners, this statement also applies to income tax as well. 
  • Avoid Misleading Fundraising Appeals: Disclose Fully and Accurately

    By:
    Luana K. Lewis
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    Sep 1, 2015

    Through fundraising solicitations, charities inform donors about how supporting their activities will advance their missions.  To a great extent, these missions are the core reason why they are tax exempt under IRC section 501(c)(3). 

  • Managing Assets for Aging Baby Boomers and Their Parents

    By:
    Mira B. Weiss, Esq.
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    Jun 1, 2015
    Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted for saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Now, baby boomers can add a third certainty to that list: the extraordinary cost of long-term care. 
  • Fighting the Good Fight for New York Estate Tax Reform: Examining the Estate Tax in the 2015–2016 New York State Fiscal Year Budget

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM
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    May 1, 2015
    The estate tax provisions signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Apr. 1, 2015, as part of the 2015–2016 New York State fiscal year budget (the “budget bill”), leave much to be desired. 
  • Common Traps To Avoid When Making Section 754 Elections

    By:
    Randy Schwartzman, CPA, MST; Jeffrey Bilsky, CPA; Patricia Brandstetter, JD, LL.M.
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    Apr 1, 2015

    Generally, a partnership seeking to adjust the basis of partnership property upon the transfer of an interest under Section 743(b), or following a distribution under Section 734(b), must have a valid Section 754 election in place. Although a seemingly simple election, it is not uncommon that a partnership intending to make a valid Section 754 election inadvertently fails to satisfy all of the regulatory requirements. Under those circumstances, however, there may be limited recourse available to the partnership to pursue corrective action.

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