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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"


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


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"


Former trustee of private foundation found not to be a "disqualified person" for the purpose of subsequent sale to foundation - Private Letter Ruling 201130008 (July 29, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2011

In PLR 200130008, a former trustee of a private foundation, who was also the spouse of another former trustee of the private foundation, was determined not to be a disqualified person under IRC 4941(a) upon her and spouse's resignations as trustees


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


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


U.S. government sues estate and donees of J. Howard Marshall II for unpaid gift taxes
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 5 2010

The U.S. government is suing the estate and donees of J. Howard Marshall for a combined $85 million of unpaid gift and GST taxes


Decedent had no ownership interest in companies despite his involvement in the business
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 1 2010

In Estate of Fortunato v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2010-105 (May 12, 2010), the Tax Court ruled that the decedent had no ownership interest in various companies despite his involvement in the operation of the companies


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