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Dec 29

Is a Federal Income Tax Deduction Available for 2018 Real Property Taxes Paid Before December 31, 2017?

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act the standard deduction has been doubled to $12,000 for single individuals and married individuals who file separately and to $24,000 for married couples who file jointly.  As a result, many individuals who will itemize on their 2017 federal… Read More

Oct 23

IRS Withdraws Regulations Which Could Have Eliminated Valuation Discounts

The IRS has never been a fan of valuation discounts.  These discounts allow the owner of a closely-held business to transfer an interest in the business to family members and others and, for gift and estate tax purposes, take a discount which reduces the value… Read More

Aug 17

Treasury Department Plans to Close Valuation Loopholes for Closely-held Businesses

On August 2nd, the Treasury issued proposed regulations that seek to eliminate the use of several strategies to reduce estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax (“GST”). Specifically, if the new rules are finalized, taxpayers will generally no longer be able to take certain types of voting… Read More

Jun 30

Material Interest Necessary to Obtain Decedent’s Tax Return

This guest post was authored by Mara Smith, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. For the last three years, you have spent one weekend during each of the summer months at your favorite great-aunt’s beachfront home in a swanky community at the Jersey Shore.  Also, you… Read More

Feb 08

Disappearing Discounts

While the federal estate and gift tax used to be assessed at a maximum rate of the confiscatory fifty-five percent (55%) (and for a few years and for very large estates, an astounding sixty-five percent (65%)) it is now at the historically low figure of… Read More