Alerts & Updates
Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group advises on changes in the federal and state tax laws and general estate planning developments in 2018, including estate, gift and GST tax rates and exemptions
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Revises Geographic Targeting Orders; Lowering Dollar Threshold and Including Additional Geographic Locations
On November 15, 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury Department (“FinCEN”) announced that it had revised its existing “Geographic Targeting Orders” (“GTOs”) to expand the included geographic areas, significantly lower the applicable dollar threshold, make said threshold consistent across all geographic areas, and include purchases made using virtual currency.
Investments in Opportunity Zones Allow Investors to Defer and Possibly Eliminate Capital Gains as Potential Alternative to 1031 Exchanges
On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department released proposed regulations relating to the Opportunity Zones program, which is an investment tool established by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowing investors in certain “Opportunity Zones” to defer and partially eliminate capital gains taxes on gains realized from selling real or personal property.
On November 20, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations to address one of the lingering concerns of using the increased gift tax exemption on gifts prior to 2026 - the so-called “clawback.”
Client Alert - IRS Proposes Regulations on How the Qualified Business Income Deduction (199A) Will Apply to Estates and TrustsAugust 16, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act") created a new deduction under section 199A of the Internal Revenue Code for Qualified Business Income. The new deduction allows the owner of an interest in a pass through entity to take a deduction of up to 20% of the Qualified Business Income of the entity each year.
The provisions of Chapter 13 of the Internal Revenue Code aren't for the faint of heart. That chapter specifically deals with the tax on generation-skipping transfers, that is transfers to individuals more than one generation below the donor.
Client Alert - Newman's Own Exception Makes It Easier For Private Foundations to Hold Business InterestsFebruary 8, 2018
IRS Section 4943(g) was added to the Internal Revenue Code on February 9, 2018. Informally known as “Newman’s Own”, section 4943(g) provides an exception to the private foundation excess business holding rules that will allow certain private foundations to own 100% of a privately held company indefinitely, so long as certain requirements are met.
As you are aware, on December 22, 2017, the Federal government enacted The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "2017 Tax Act") changing, among other things, the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer ("GST") tax regime once again.
On October 31, 2017, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the new Connecticut State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2019. The new budget included a change to the Connecticut Estate and Gift Tax Regime.
Although we cannot be certain what the new Trump Administration will seek to change in the federal tax laws, we do know that during the campaign season President-Elect Trump expressed these intentions with regard to federal estate, gift and income taxes.
Client Alert - IRS Proposes Dramatic Changes in Valuation Discounts For Family-Owned Businesses and Entities For Gift and Estate PurposesAugust 31, 2016
On August 2, 2016, the IRS proposed major changes to the Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code affecting how interests in family-held businesses are to be valued when transferred among family members.
Will Congress extend expired law retroactively for 2015? If so, when? What should donors do?