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 ยง 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 Revenue rulings 76-273 and 82-105 have been superseded.

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Tax reform complicates year-end tax planning

Get your clients ready for tax season with these year-end tax planning strategies, which address how to make the most of recent tax law changes, such as the new deduction for qualified business income and the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.

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What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.