GRAT Expectations

The Service adopted final regulations governing inclusion in estates of trust property of grantor retained trusts, charitable retained trusts and similar trusts. The final regs (TD 9414) are effective for estates of decedents dying after July 13, 2008, and modify and clarify a number of features of their proposed version issued the previous summer. Provisions relating to the application of IRC § 2036, Transfers With Retained Life Estate, on grantor retained annuity trusts and grantor retained unitrusts have been clarified. Revenue rulings 76-273 and 82-105 have been superseded.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.