Estate Taxation

  • Estate Tax Planning After ATRA: What’s Left?

    By:
    Joseph Septimus and Tara Thompson Popernik
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    Apr 1, 2015

    For the overwhelming majority of US taxpayers, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") eliminated the need for federal estate tax planning. It did so by making the $5 million applicable exemption amount (indexed for inflation) permanent. Additionally, in April 2014, the New York State estate tax exemption increased, so fewer New York taxpayers would need state estate tax planning. 

  • Capitalizing on the Repair Regulations

    By:
    STEWART BERGER, CPA
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    Mar 1, 2015
    After several years of study, the IRS has finalized regulations known as the Tangible Property Regulations or the Repair Regulations.
  • To Live and Die in New York: The Tax Department’s Guidance on the 2014 New York State Estate Tax Law Changes

    By:
    Kevin Matz, JD, LLM, CPA
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    Nov 1, 2014
    On Aug. 25, 2014, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) issued TSB-M-14(6)M to provide guidance on the significant changes in the New York State estate tax system that became effective on Apr. 1, 2014 (see this author's prior TaxStringer article on the subject). In its guidance, the New York DTF clarified certain points, left open by the language of the April statute, concerning the following:
  • The Lapsing Policy Crisis: An Intervention Plan Is Needed

    By:
    E. Randolph Whitelaw, AEP, and Henry Montag, CFP, CLTC
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    Sep 1, 2014
    For the past 35 years, flexible premium nonguaranteed death benefit policies—adjustable life, universal life, variable universal life, and equity indexed universal life—have been the life insurance products of choice; however, only a few of these policies will achieve their originally illustrated values.
  • New York’s 2014 Trust Income Tax Changes

    By:
    Jonathan J. Rikoon
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    Sep 1, 2014
    The estate tax law changes that New York enacted earlier this year were accompanied by new rules intended to close two perceived loopholes in New York’s taxation of trust income. Although the original version of the proposals would have been far-reaching, the final changes that went into effect on Apr. 1, 2014, are somewhat more modest.
  • Trusting the Trustees and Additional Trust-Related Issues

    By:
    Shahnaz Mahmud
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    Aug 1, 2014
    The first article in this series discussed trusting the beneficiaries, but what about trusting the trustees? At the NYSSCPA Family Office Committee conference, Randy Werner, a loss prevention executive at CAMICO, urged participants to truly think about what is involved.
  • The Grantor Retained Annuity Trust: A Jackpot for Taxpayers Who Want to Limit Gift Tax Liability

    By:
    Daniel Mazzola, CPA, CFA
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    Aug 1, 2014
    One of the first things lottery winners learn is that their prize money is subject to taxation. In the United States, lottery prize money is classified as gambling winnings and is considered taxable income, just like wages from employment and interest earned at a bank. There is not much the lottery winner of a significant cash prize can do regarding income taxes, but he can reduce gift taxes by establishing a grantor retained annuity trust.
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