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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


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"


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"


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


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 not entitled to discount the value of three marital trusts for claims by ESOP members against the marital trusts’ assets Estate of Foster v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2011-95 (4282011)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 5 2011

In Foster, the Tax Court considered the following: (1) whether an estate was entitled to discount the value of assets in three marital trusts due to the potential for litigation; and (2) whether assets in the marital trusts could be discounted for lack of control over and lack of marketability of the marital trusts’ assets



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


Estate of Stone v. Comm'r, T.C. Memo 2012-48 (2222012)
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 2 2012

In Stone, a recent Tax Court case, the Court determined that the transfer of undeveloped woodlands to a family limited partnership (an "FLP") was a bona fide sale, since the record established that the FLP was created for legitimate non-tax reasons