Income Taxation

  • Optimizing Wealth Transfer under the U.S. Transfer Tax Regime

    By:
    Robert Weiss and Victoria Bolton
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    Jun 1, 2015
    The U.S. transfer tax regime, with its relatively new portability feature, high exclusion levels, and stability—along with the convergence of maximum estate and ordinary income tax rates—might tempt taxpayers into thinking that lifetime strategic planning is no longer needed or that simplified testamentary plans will produce better results for families. 
  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trust/Grantor Trust

    By:
    G. Dean Goodwin, CLU, AEP
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    May 1, 2015

    A CLAT / Grantor Trust provides the best of both worlds; an immediately income tax deductible charitable donation and tax-free income for children and a legacy for grandchildren.

  • Household Employment Issues: How to Keep Your Clients Compliant

    By:
    Guy Maddalone
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    Apr 1, 2015

    As it relates to household employment, state, local and federal tax laws as well as relevant state and local labor laws are often overlooked or misunderstood. To avoid making a costly error, it is important to understand current tax and labor law and to follow it appropriately. 

  • The Value of Using Irrevocable Trusts in Medicaid Planning

    By:
    Louis Lepore, Esq.
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    Jan 1, 2015
    If a potential Medicaid recipient desires to qualify for benefits, but yet preserve his or her assets within the family, he or she must gift those assets away. After a 5-year lookback period, the transferred assets are no longer countable for purposes of determining the recipient’s eligibility for Medicaid benefits. This raises the question of whether the form of the gift should be an outright gift or a transfer to an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the family member(s).
  • Three Common Problems in Handling a New York Residency Audit

    By:
    Mark Klein, JD
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    Oct 1, 2014
    New York’s nonresident audit program continues to snag thousands of taxpayers who might—or might not—owe additional tax dollars to the state. Residency audits have reportedly generated more than $1 billion dollars for New York’s coffers, and hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue is budgeted for the next year.
  • Revised Nonresident Audit Guidelines

    By:
    Barry Horowitz, CPA, MST, and Alex Fishbane, JD, LLM
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    Oct 1, 2014
    New York State has once again revised its nonresident audit guidelines and released several cases that clarified previously murky areas of New York’s residency rules. The new guidelines reflect these changes.
  • IRS Guidance on the Two Percent of AGI Floor for Trusts and Estates

    By:
    Kevin Matz, JD, LLM, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2014
    On May 9, 2014, the IRS issued final regulations under Treasury Regulations section 1.67-4 that provide guidance on which costs incurred by estates or trusts, other than grantor trusts (nongrantor trusts), are subject to the two percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 67(e).
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