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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on July 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM

AFRs updateThe Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for August 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

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By Keith Grissom on July 8, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Dollar bill being stretchedOn May 23, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 417 to 3, passed legislation called Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or the SECURE Act. This legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, will cause significant changes for retirement planning, many of which are positive, but it also includes aspects that could have a big impact on estate planning.

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By Keith Grissom on June 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM

The word "tax" spelled out with wooden blocksOn June 21, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided in favor of a taxpayer trust, finding that the state of North Carolina could not tax the trust merely because a trust beneficiary, who received no trust income or right to demand income, resided in North Carolina.

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on June 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM

IRS releases AFRs for July 2019The Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for July 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

Here are the rates for July 2019:

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on May 1, 2019 at 4:10 PM

AFRs for May 2019The Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for May 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

Here are the rates for May 2019:

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By Garrett Reuter, Jr. on February 21, 2019 at 9:35 AM

Women turning back the hands of a clockHow many times have you prepared your income tax returns for the previous year, only wishing you knew then what you know now, so you could go back and make more advantageous tax decisions? In most cases, you are stuck with the decisions you made before the new tax year began, even though you may not have all of the relevant tax information available to assist with those decisions until several months into the new tax year. Too bad for you, says the IRS, unless you are an estate or trust.

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM

IRS lists AFRs for March 2019The Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for March 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

Here are the rates for March 2019:

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on February 4, 2019 at 10:10 AM

IRS releases AFRs for February 2019The Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for February 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

Here are the rates for February 2019:

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on December 27, 2018 at 10:10 AM

IRS announces AFRs for January 2019The Internal Revenue Service has released the Applicable Federal Rates (AFRs) for January 2019. AFRs are published monthly and represent the minimum interest rates that should be charged for family loans to avoid tax complications.

Here are the rates for January 2019:

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By Keith Herman on November 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Piggy bank sitting on top of a pile of tax return papersWith an estate tax exemption of $11.18 million in 2018 (rising to $11.4 million in 2019), estate planning has been turned on its head. For most people, estate taxes are no longer an issue, and the increased exemption provides options for reducing capital gains taxes. For those families with estates over $22.8 million, the new gift/estate tax exemption provides additional opportunities for estate tax planning.

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