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Judith A. Harris Discusses Estate and Income Tax Changes on WDIY Radio

Posted on February 25th, 2010

February 25, 2010

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Judith A. Harris Discusses Estate and Income Tax Changes on WDIY Radio

Allentown, PA (February 25, 2010) – Judith A. Harris, a Member of Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was featured as a guest on Laurie A. Siebert’s weekly program, “Your Financial Choices.” The segment, entitled “Estate Taxes 2010 and Beyond – How Might it Affect You?”, aired on WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio on February 24, 2010.Harris is a returning guest to the show, having previously discussed estate planning strategies on Ms. Siebert’s program in 2009.

“Our listeners raised excellent questions regarding the current Federal Estate Tax repeal, the new carryover basis rules affecting certain capital gain transactions, and their serious impact on taxpayers.Judging from the callers’ questions, I think that they now have a better understanding of the significance of the current change in tax structure, certain pitfalls, the uncertainty of future estate tax laws, and certain planning opportunities available to them,” said Harris.

Harris, a member of the firm and chair of the Estate, Trust and Tax Practice Group of the Pennsylvania office, has over twenty-two years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, and estate administration.

In addition to creating estate plans for clients from the most sophisticated to the most basic wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.Harris’s practice also includes the areas of charitable trusts and foundations and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions (civil and criminal) of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits, or the resolution of collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.

In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.

Harris was recently elected President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. She is a member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.

She is currently a board member and former President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., a board member of the Allentown Symphony since 1993, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society.Harris served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Board of Governors, where she chaired the Personnel and Law Committee.

Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991 and her J.D. from American University in 1986. She earned her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.

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