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Crummey withdrawal notices recommended practices
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • 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


Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201208026 (9282011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 2 2012

In a recently released Memorandum, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel concludes that contributions made by Settlors to a discretionary trust for their descendants were taxable gifts, since (1) the Settlors had not retained any rights that would make the gifts incomplete and (2) the withdrawal powers granted to the beneficiaries were unenforceable in state court and thus illusory


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


Homestead exemption allowed for separated (but not divorced) taxpayer
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

In Wells v. Haldeos, Fla. Dist. Ct. App., 2nd Dist., Dkt. No. 2D09-4250 (10222010), an appeal by the property appraiser of Pasco County, Florida of a final judgment in favor of the taxpayer, the Florida District Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit held that a separated (but not divorced) taxpayer was eligible to receive a homestead exemption for his property in Florida despite the fact that his wife receives a residency-based property tax exemption on a separate property in New York


Wealth management update
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • June 18 2010

Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision in Estate of Schneider v. Finmann (citation pending), a case involving the applicability of New York's strict privity defense in an estate planning malpractice claim that was previously discussed in our Wealth Management Update Newsletter (June 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


Sale of assets for fair market value between a marital trust and a nonmarital trust to settle a dispute between beneficiaries and trustees of the trusts was neither a taxable gift nor a transfer of an income interest in a QTIP Priv. Ltr. Rul. 201119003
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 5 2011

In this private letter ruling, the issue was whether the transfer of assets for fair market value between a marital trust and a nonmarital trust resulted in a taxable gift or a disposition of an income interest in qualified terminable interest property (“QTIP”


Estate of Turner v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2011-209 (Aug. 30, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2011

The Tax Court has held that (a) assets contributed to a family limited partnership (“FLP”) were includable in a decedent’s gross estate under section 2036(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“I.R.C.”), and (b) premiums paid directly to a carrier on behalf of an insurance trust qualified for the annual gift tax exclusion as present interest gifts


Hirchert Family Trust v. Johnee Ann Alle Hirchert (District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District, June 17, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

The District Court of Appeal of Florida upheld an exception to the Florida homestead exemption in a case where a trusteedeceased husband of the defendant breached his fiduciary duty as trustee in California, and the defendant later used the proceeds resulting from this breach to purchase real property in Florida


Tax Court holds that trusteebeneficiary's power to invade trust principal for her "welfare" is limited by an ascertainable standard and trust principal not includible in her estate under IRC 2041(b)(1)(a) estate of Ann R. Chancellor, et al. v. Commiss
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

Frequently, trust agreements ensure that the principal invasion power held by a trustee who is also a beneficiary is limited to distributions for the beneficiary's "health, education, maintenance and support"