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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


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


Estate, gift and GST tax provisions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Jobs Creation Act of 2010
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • December 13 2010

Late last Thursday night, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the "Bill"


Tax Court finds taxpayers who employed Roth IRA conversion tax shelter were liable for excise tax and penalties Paschall v. Commissioner, 137 T.C. No. 2 (July 5, 2011); Swanson v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2011-156 (July 5, 2011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • August 5 2011

In the companion cases of Paschall v. Commissioner and Swanson v. Commissioner, the Tax Court found that taxpayers who employed a Roth IRA conversion tax shelter were liable for excise taxes on account of excess contributions to the Roth IRAs and were also liable for failure to file penalties


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


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