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From Washington & Albany — Income & Estate Tax Planning in 2015

I.    From Washington Income tax planning in 2015 will seek to reduce the effect of high federal and New York tax rates. Avoidance of unnecessary capital gain realization through basis increases or nonrecognition transactions will remain important. Estate tax planning … Continue reading

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Rev. Rul. 85-13: Is There a Limit to Disregarding Disregarded Entities?

I.     Introduction Although the federal estate tax is not extinct, with the combined marital exemption now north of $10 million, it is an endangered species. Recently, Governor Cuomo signaled his intent — likely to be affirmed by State Republicans — … Continue reading

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Tax News & Comment — February 2014

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INSTALLMENT SALES OF ASSETS TO GRANTOR TRUSTS

Installment sales of assets to irrevocable grantor trusts is one of the most powerful estate planning techniques available today. Sales to “intentionally defective” irrevocable grantor trusts capitalize on different definitions of “transfer” for income and transfer tax purposes. Following such a sale, the grantor reports income tax on trust income. However, the grantor no longer owns the assets for gift and estate tax purposes. Therefore, the trust assets (and appreciation) will be removed from the grantor’s gross estate. Assets sold to the trust may consist of stock in a closely held business, real estate, marketable securities, or limited partnership interests. The trust may even hold S Corporation stock without jeopardizing the election. Continue reading

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