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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack on August 19, 2020 at 9:30 AM

This is the sixth installment in a blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current low-interest rate environment. Read our previous installments here. The next post will conclude the series with a discussion of charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack on August 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM

This is the fifth installment in a blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current low-interest rate environment. Read our previous installments here. Future installments will cover installment sales to defective grantor trusts and charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack on August 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM

This is the fourth installment in a blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current low-interest rate environment. Read our previous installments here. Future installments will cover family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, installment sales to defective grantor trusts, and charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack on July 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM

This is the third installment in a seven-part blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current low-interest rate environment. Read our previous installments here. Future installments will cover creating Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, installment sales to defective grantor trusts, and charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack on July 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

This is the second installment in a blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current low-interest rate environment. Read our overview in Part 1 here. Future installments will cover making or refinancing loans, creating Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, installment sales to defective grantor trusts, and charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom, Jennifer Davis, Elizabeth Pack, Nina Windsor on July 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM

This is the first in a blog series on opportunities for tax planning in the current uncertain, low-interest rate environment. Future installments will cover one-time and annual gifting, making or refinancing loans, creating Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, installment sales to defective grantor trusts, and charitable giving.

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By Keith Grissom on April 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of the Treasury by President Trump on March 13, 2020 in an emergency declaration, the Treasury and IRS have released a series of Notices postponing both the due date for filing Federal income tax returns, as well as making Federal income tax payments, from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.

On March 27, 2020, the IRS published Notice 2020-20 postponing the deadline to file Forms 709, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax returns, along with any associated gift and GST tax payments, from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. (see the blog discussing this in more detail here).

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By Keith Grissom on March 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM

President Trump signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. This legislation has brought about sweeping changes meant to provide relief to individuals and businesses. As part of the CARES Act, certain changes were made with respect to tax benefits to incentivize charitable giving.

$300 Cash Contribution Deduction. Beginning in 2020 and each year thereafter (this is not limited to only 2020), individuals can take a $300 above-the-line deduction for cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether or not the individual itemizes deductions.

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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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