Taxation of estates and trusts

IRS won’t follow Wandry

In Action on Decision 2012-004, the IRS stated it will not acquiesce to the Tax Court’s decision in Wandry, T.C. Memo. 2012-88, in which the court accepted a taxpayer’s use of a defined value formula clause. In Wandry, decided in March 2012, the taxpayers, Joanne and Albert Wandry, executed assignments

Estate’s settlement payments not deductible

The Tax Court recently held that an estate’s settlement payment to one of its beneficiaries was not deductible since the payment lacked adequate consideration and was consistent with the decedent’s wishes expressed in her will. When computing its taxable estate, an estate can deduct a claim against it that represents

“Cliff” law reconfigures tax preparation and planning

With its scores of new and extended provisions, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 offers something for nearly all taxpayers and their preparers to assess and implement as they begin preparing 2012 returns and plan for the future. Less than two hours into 2013 and the “fiscal cliff” expiration

Second Circuit strikes down part of Defense of Marriage Act

The Second Circuit recently affirmed a New York federal district court decision that allowed the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple to take an unlimited marital deduction when computing the deceased spouse’s estate tax liability. The Second Circuit agreed with the lower court that Section 3 of the Defense of

Instructions address portability election

The IRS posted revised instructions to Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, with guidance for electing the portability of a deceased spouse’s unused estate and gift tax exclusion amount. The instructions also address an executor’s use of a checkbox to opt out of electing portability of

IRS announces inflation adjustments for 2013

On Thursday, the IRS released its annual revenue procedure making inflation adjustments to the gift tax annual exclusion and other items for tax years beginning in 2013 (Rev. Proc. 2012-41). The gift tax annual exclusion will increase from $13,000 to $14,000 in 2013 and the amount of foreign earned income

Responding to a 90-day letter

Under Sec. 6212(a) the IRS can issue a statutory notice of deficiency, also known as a 90-day letter, when it determines a deficiency in an income or estate and gift tax liability. A 90-day letter is a formal legal notice, sent by certified or registered mail. Taxpayers have a statutory

Draft instructions to Form 706 provide guidance on portability election

On Tuesday, the IRS posted a draft version of the instructions to Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, a follow-up to the draft Form 706 that was posted in August (see “Draft Form 706 provides check box to not elect portability”). The draft instructions provide more

AICPA urges Congress to quickly fix tax cliff

Congress must reach an agreement on expiring tax provisions as soon as possible because small businesses are being impeded from long-term tax and cash flow planning and prevented from making informed decisions. That is the message Jeffrey Porter, vice chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, delivered to the House

IRS issues rules on portability election

The IRS issued temporary regulations on how to elect to use a deceased spouse’s unused exclusion from estate taxes, also known as the portability election (T.D. 9593). The rules apply to married spouses where the death of the first spouse occurs on or after Jan. 1, 2011, and are therefore

Draft Form 706 provides check box to not elect portability

The IRS posted a draft version of Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, on Friday. The draft form for the first time addresses portability of a deceased spouse’s unused estate and gift tax exclusion amount and provides a check box for the executor to opt out

Waitress’s lottery win shared with family ruled taxable gift

In Dickerson, the IRS prevailed when the Tax Court ruled that a waitress’s transfer of her winning lottery ticket to an S corporation with herself and family members as shareholders was a taxable gift. In 1999, a regular customer at a Waffle House restaurant in Alabama where Tonda Lynn Dickerson

IRS issues rules on portability election

The IRS has issued temporary regulations on how to elect to use a deceased spouse’s unused exclusion from estate taxes, also known as the portability election (T.D. 9593). The rules apply to married spouses where the death of the first spouse to die occurs on or after Jan. 1, 2011,

Domicile and residency issues of non-U.S. taxpayers

If a donor or decedent is a U.S. citizen or domiciled in the United States, all gifts made and assets owned worldwide at death are subject to U.S. transfer tax in the absence of a relevant gift or estate tax treaty. In addition, even if a taxpayer has no connection

Budget proposal includes change to treatment of intentionally defective trusts

Among the various estate tax proposals in President Barack Obama’s recently released fiscal year 2013 revenue proposals is a new plan that could alter estate planning techniques and benefits with intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs); the assets in these trusts would be included in the estate of the grantor at

Portability election extended for some estates

Some executors who missed a deadline to apply a decedent’s unused estate and gift tax exclusion amount to a surviving spouse received an extension Friday. The IRS announced the extension in Notice 2012-21. It applies to estates of decedents dying in the first six months after provisions for “portability” of

Grantor retained interests clarified

The IRS issued final regulations providing guidance on the portion of property (held in trust or otherwise) includible in a grantor’s gross estate if the grantor has retained the use of the property or the right to an annuity, unitrust, graduated retained interest or other payment from the property for

Estate tax protective claim procedures detailed

The IRS issued guidance on filing a protective claim for refund of estate tax and notifying the IRS that the claim is ready for consideration. The guidance, in Rev. Proc. 2011-48, provides details on who may file a protective claim, methods by which the claim must be prepared and submitted,

IRS Reissues Alternative Valuation Date Proposed Regulations

The IRS issued new proposed regulations Thursday (REG-112196-07) on electing an alternate valuation date for an estate and withdrew earlier ones released in 2008. The proposed regulations as reissued would limit the ability of estates to use the alternate valuation method if the value of the estate declines after the

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