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Crummey withdrawal notices recommended practices

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 10 2012

Under current tax law, an individual is entitled to make gifts of up to $13,000 per donee per year without being subject to gift tax

IRS issues an inconsistent ruling on whether a grantor trust can hold an IRA - Priv. Ltr. Rul. 201117042 (April 29, 2011)

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 5 2011

In 2006, the IRS issued Private Letter Ruling 200620025 in which the IRS approved of the transfer of an Inherited IRA to a special needs trust (“SNT”) that was a grantor trust for income tax purposes

Creating a "GRAT": heads you win, tails you break even

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 1 2011

Creating a grantor retained annuity trust (commonly referred to as a "GRAT") is a relatively simple way to transfer property to your children at virtually no gift tax cost

Private letter ruling 201203033 (january 20, 2012)

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 6 2012

In PLR 201203033, the IRS ruled that a trust qualified as a designated beneficiary after a trust beneficiary released certain portions of a power of appointment

Electing out of the application of the estate tax and allocating basis step-up for 2010 decedents

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 9 2011

The legislation enacted in December 2010 retroactively reinstated the federal Estate tax for 2010 decedents but allows an applicable Executor to “opt out” of the Estate tax regime by making a “Section 1022 Election”

California Board of Equalization to release information to IRS

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 2 2012

A California district court recently ruled that the IRS can serve "John Doe" summons on the California Board of Equalization in order to obtain a list of the names of California property owners who gifted real estate to family members between 2005 and 2010

Use it or lose it - increased gift and GST exemption amounts expire on 123112

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 10 2012

On December 17, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "2010 Act") was signed into law, making significant modifications to the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") taxes

Using charitable giving techniques to offset income tax from Roth IRA conversions

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 15 2010

In our June 2009 issue of Personal Planning Strategies, we explained that, beginning in 2010, all taxpayers, regardless of their income levels, will be eligible to take advantage of the opportunity to convert some or all of their traditional individual retirement accounts or other qualified retirement plans ("IRAs") to one or more Roth IRAs

Intra-family loans: a simple yet effective estate planning tool

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 1 2011

An intra-family loan is a basic estate-planning technique which has a very low transaction cost

IRS Notice 2012-21 (352012)

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 2 2012

In order for a surviving spouse to retain use of a deceased spouse's unused estate tax exemption, he or she must make a portability election on a timely filed federal estate tax return for the deceased spouse, even if no federal return needs to be filed because the decedent's assets were below his or her remaining federal estate tax exemption amount