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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


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"


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


Proposed Treas. Reg. 1.67-4
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2011

Treasury has issued new proposed Regulations in connection with what costs incurred by estates or non-grantor trusts are subject to the 2 floor for miscellaneous deductions under I.R.C. 67(a


Trust cannot claim charitable deduction for fair market value of appreciated property donated to charity, despite fact that property was purchased with trust gross income
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

In Chief Counsel Advice 201042023 (10222010), IRS has held that a trust cannot claim an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of appreciated property donated to charity, despite the fact that the property was purchased with the trust's gross income from prior years and was traceable to that income


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


Recharacterizing Roth IRA conversions
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 15 2011

Beginning in 2010, many of our clients became eligible for the first time to convert their traditional individual retirement accounts or other qualified retirement plans ("Traditional IRAs") to Roth individual retirement accounts ("Roth IRAs") as a result of changes enacted under the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 ("TIPRA"


Private letter ruling 201144040 (November 4, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 9 2012

In PLR 201144040, the IRS waived the 60-day deadline for a rollover where the plan administrator gave the participant incorrect tax information


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


Year-end planning strategies
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 15 2011

We have experienced yet another year of financial instability, both here and across the shores, which continues to engender some degree of anxiety among our clients