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Trusts, Estates, and Tax, Oh My

Covering what you should know about trusts, estate planning, and individual tax law.


Sep 22, 2022

IRS Extends Time to Elect Portability

In 2010, the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 for the first time permitted the estate of a decedent who dies leaving a spouse to elect to transfer the decedent’s unused exclusion amount (“DSUE”) to the surviving spouse.» Read More

Mar 31, 2021

Tax Reform: 2021 Edition

It’s 2021. COVID vaccines are being administered, the election is over, the electoral college votes have been certified, and the Georgia runoff has been concluded. We know that Joe Biden is the President, the House is controlled by the Democrats, and the Democrats hold a razor-thin margin that depends on a Vice Presidential tiebreaker and complete loyalty from the Democratic caucus.» Read More

Mar 25, 2021

Estate Planning in 2021: What’s Most Important Now?

With all the uncertainty we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for effective estate planning has become more apparent than ever. Further, the prospect of significant changes to the federal transfer tax regime makes 2021 the perfect time for attorneys to help their clients focus on updating outdated estate planning documents, create new documents to ensure assets pass to clients’ intended beneficiaries, and advise clients about wealth transfer techniques to take advantage of the current federal transfer tax laws before any changes occur.» Read More

Nov 02, 2020

Estate Planning Strategies: IRS Applicable Federal and 7520 Interest Rates Lowered

Every month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes interest rates that taxpayers use to determine the interest to be charged in income tax and estate planning strategies. Those published rates, called the Applicable Federal Rates, depend on the length of the term of a promissory note, the number of times interest is paid each year (i.e.,» Read More

Apr 09, 2020

Executing New Jersey Estate Planning Documents during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily lives. Social distancing measures advanced by the CDC (i.e., maintaining six feet of distance, no group gatherings, wearing masks outside, setting aside documents traveling in the mail for 2-3 days to allow the virus to die on surfaces) are designed to slow the spread of the virus by flattening the curve and keep us safe.» Read More

Apr 08, 2020

Governor Wolf Approves Temporary Limited Suspension of Rule Requiring Physical Presence of Notaries for Estate Planning Documents

On April 2, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf approved a temporary and limited suspension of current law 57 Pa.C.S. § 306, which requires the physical presence of notaries, for estate planning documents that require notarization or for which notarization is considered best practice.» Read More

Mar 24, 2020

Cannabusinesses Should Take Advantage of Their Extra Time to File Tax Returns to Ensure Proper Reductions in Their Taxable Income for Cost of Goods Sold

Due to the COVID-19 virus-related filing and payment extensions recently announced by the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS, taxpayers now have an additional three months until July 15, 2020 – to prepare and file their 2019 federal income tax returns.» Read More

Mar 20, 2020

IRS Provides Relief to Individuals and Families Covered Under High Deductible Health Plans to Encourage Testing for and Treatment of COVID-19

As part of the federal government’s rapidly evolving response to the impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the IRS has announced that individuals covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) will not lose their eligibility to make or receive pre-tax contributions to a health savings account (HSA) merely because their health plan provides benefits associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19 before the HDHP’s ordinary minimum deductibles are met.» Read More