Estate Trust & Gift

Happy (for Some) 100th Anniversary to the Estate Tax

Back in 1916, Congress wanted to boost U.S. revenues in case America joined in on World War I in Europe. Lawmakers voted for a new tax on a person’s assets at death, which we now call the Estate Tax aka … read more

What Prince’s Death Teaches Us about Estate Tax

Prince Rogers Nelson, American singer, songwriter, and actor, passed away on April 21, 2016. Cities, social media, and fans showed their support and solidarity in a sea of purple. Prince resided in Minnesota at the time of his death. As … read more

Trusts: Fully Deductible Expenses vs AGI Limit

Generally, miscellaneous itemized deductions may be deducted to the extent they exceed 2% of adjusted gross income (AGI). Miscellaneous itemized deductions can include tax preparation fees, investment fees, estate planning legal fees, and safe deposit box charges, to name a … read more

What Every Trustee Should Know: the 65 Day Rule

Trustees interested in managing the tax burden of a complex trust should be familiar with the 663(b) election, also known as the “65 Day Rule”. Making this election can often help to lower the overall tax burden of the trust … read more

Exemption for Estate and Gift Tax Rises to $5,450,000 in 2016

The IRS released the 2016 estate and gift tax amounts and due to the very low inflation rate, the 2016 numbers were very similar to the 2015 amounts. In Revenue Procedure 2015-53, the IRS calculates the unified estate tax exclusion … read more

Inherited Property Reporting Now Extended to February 29, 2016

Under the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 which was signed into law on July 31, 2015, the executor of an estate required to file an estate tax return under Code Sec. 6018(a) or (b) … read more

Inherited Savings Bonds – What Do You Need to Know?

Statistics suggest that many savings bonds fall through the cracks because bondholders do not keep track of them nor let heirs know about them. Over $9 billion worth of savings bonds have stopped earning interest, but have not been cashed, … read more

IRS: No More Estate Tax Closing Letters…Unless You Ask

On the website, the IRS announced that for estate tax returns (Form 706) filed on or after June 1, 2015, estate tax closing letters will be issued only upon request by the taxpayer. Historically, the IRS’s “Frequently Asked Questions … read more

Mom and Dad, help! I want to buy a house!

You’ve finished college, landed a great job, and have identified the perfect starter home. But as you examine your finances, you find you do not have sufficient funds in your bank account to buy a house, and with a minimum … read more

Here We Go Again – The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015

Is there a possibility the current estate tax will be repealed? This is a debate we have heard over and over again over the past several years, and as we head into the race for the White House, we are … read more


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