The regulations reiterate the delayed reporting deadline of March 31, 2016.
Taxation of estates and trusts
Sumner Redstone’s 1972 transfer to children’s trusts, unlike his brother’s, was voluntary and nonbusiness-related.
State law theories of liability were not proved, the Tax Court holds.
The IRS further postponed the due date for the new reporting requirement, under which estates must report the value of estate assets to the IRS and to beneficiaries.
The 1972 transfer was in the ordinary course of business and for full and adequate consideration, the Tax Court holds.
A net gift calculation is accepted under the willing buyer/seller test.
The remainder interest must be calculated assuming annual distribution amounts equal to the greater of 5% or the fixed percentage stated in the trust instrument.
The highest gift or estate tax rate applies after the gift tax annual exclusion amount; the marital deduction and QTIPs are among the possible exclusions.
Gift or estate valuation of interests may be significantly higher, incurring more tax.
The IRS issued the annual inflation adjustments for 2016 for more than 50 tax provisions as well as the 2016 tax rate tables for individuals and estates and trusts.
Proposed regulations under Sec. 2801 would impose a transfer tax on gifts or bequests from covered expatriates made on or after June 17, 2008.
No short-form option is provided; regulatory time extension is allowed only for estates valued below the filing threshold.
The IRS issued guidance delaying the due date for compliance with the recently enacted rules that require consistent basis reporting between an estate and anyone acquiring property from the estate.
The highway funding bill made changes to the Internal Revenue Code that affect estates and beneficiaries, including new reporting rules.
Carryover basis election for estates electing out of estate tax requires special adjustments.
Annual exclusions were available for gifts to a family trust that qualified as a Crummey trust.
Planning to lessen estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes increasingly requires considering clients’ foreign connections.
The IRS issued final regulations on the portability of deceased spouses’ unused estate tax exemption amounts, which allows surviving spouses to use unused amounts of exemption from the estate tax in addition to their own exemptions.
The IRS issued proposed regulations to amend various regulation sections to take into account special rules that affect the basis of assets acquired from a decedent who died in 2010 and for which an executor made a Sec. 1022 election.
The AICPA sent a letter to the IRS on recommending ways to make it easier for surviving spouses to elect portability of the deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exemption.