Category - Estate Tax

Tax reform update: postcard tax filings and sunset legislation

December 18, 2017

With the expected vote on and passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (a/k/a TCJA and Trump Tax Cuts) later this week, perhaps it is time to review how closely the end-result matches some of the lofty promises made earlier in the process. By the way, I consider myself very much an “independent”

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Estate tax to stay or go? Who cares?

December 13, 2017

As of this morning, the word out of Washington is that the Republicans in the House and the Senate have agreed on a deal for tax reform. We should know more details in the coming days. The fate of the estate tax is still among the unknown points, but many believe that the estate tax

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Tax reform bill passes Senate. One last hurdle remains

December 2, 2017

Early Saturday morning, the Senate Republicans pushed through their version of the tax reform bill by the closest of margins–i.e., a 51-49 vote. Job done? Nope. Now the Republican leaders from the House of Representatives and the Senate must get together to reconcile the differences between the bills each chamber of the legislature passed. Below

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Tax reform update–what is in proposed in The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

November 3, 2017

Who chooses the names of proposed legislation? In this instance, that person (or that group of folks) did a great job with the name. Who would not be in favor of something called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? I mean really, how would you like to be one of those legislators who votes against […]

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Tax reform will be a slow process (no surprise)

October 13, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz has given fair warning that tax reform may not be coming quite as quickly President Trump wants, and some earlier reports indicated. The word out of Washington today is that Cruz believes that new tax reform legislation will get done “late this year or early next year.” We know that it’s not […]

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Death of the death tax? what would repeal of estate tax mean for you and me?

January 19, 2017

The Republicans have been talking about and working on repeal of the federal estate tax for years. Now that Trump is on his way to the White House, there are many who believe that the federal estate tax (also known as death tax) will soon be a thing of the past. In theory and principle, […]

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What’s $300 million among friends?

April 27, 2016

This relates to yesterday’s post about the recent passing of Prince and the probable court battles which are about to begin as step-family and former friends and associates of all sorts try to get their hands on a portion of Prince’s estimated $300 million estate. I was visiting yesterday with a CPA with whom I […]

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IRS Wins $388 Million in Tax Court (Forbes Article)

July 3, 2015

The IRS recently won a $388 million settlement from the estate of Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson. While this may seem to be yet another case of the ultra wealthy not paying “their share” of taxes during life and then being required to contribute a larger share after their death, there are also several valuable lessons […]

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Estate Tax Update: don’t get too comfortable with current levels of estate tax…

May 13, 2015

…at least not if President Obama and his administration have their way. As part of the latest 2014 budget proposal, the Obama administration is seeking to turn back to clock to 2009 regarding the maximum amount of assets permitted to pass free of estate tax, gift tax and GST. There are many important aspects to this […]

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The Estate Planning Equivalent of Sticking a Fork in a Toaster

February 9, 2015

For the transfer of highly-appreciated assets, such as real estate and stocks, it is rarely wise to give such assets to individuals during life.[1] Everyone who sees this picture of a cartoon bear sticking a fork in a toaster has the same thought, namely “that is REALLY dumb!” And yet, a surprising number of people […]

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