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By Keith Grissom on October 29, 2021 at 9:30 AM

The latest text of the proposed reconciliation bill, titled the Build Back Better Act, published on October 28, 2021, is void of many of the prior proposed tax changes that would have upended estate planning. Changes that were included in the earlier version of the bill but not in this most recent version include:

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By Keith Grissom on October 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Wolters Kluwer has released projected 2022 figures for the gift tax annual exclusion amount as well as the estate and gift tax lifetime exemption amount. These figures were determined by Wolters Kluwer using formulas contained in the Internal Revenue Code. They are based on the increase in the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) for the 12-month period that ended August 31, 2021.

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By Keith Grissom on September 30, 2021 at 10:45 AM

On September 28, 2021, the House Budget Committee released a report that provides explanations with respect to certain provisions included in the proposed House bill called the Build Back Better Act (the “Report”).

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By Keith Grissom on September 15, 2021 at 10:15 AM

On Monday, September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released the text for proposed tax changes to be incorporated in a budget reconciliation bill called the Build Back Better Act (the “Act”). The 881-page text includes several significant changes to income and transfer taxes that could drastically change estate, gift and individual income tax planning if made into law.

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By Trusts & Estates Practice Group on May 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM

In Congress’ ongoing fight against fraud, corruption, terrorism financing and money laundering, lawmakers passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) on January 1, 2021, as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The CTA contains significant new federal reporting obligations and imposes heavy civil fines and criminal penalties for noncompliance. It may have an especially onerous impact on estate planning clients who accomplish their planning goals through the use of one or more business entities.

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By Garrett Reuter, Jr. on January 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM

How 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 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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January 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Now that the new year has arrived, it is a good time to catch up on the latest tax rates for estate and trust income tax brackets and exemption amounts for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes in 2021. The Internal Revenue Service adjusts these figures annually for cost-of-living increases.

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By Keith Herman on October 27, 2020 at 2:45 PM

In 2020, the estate/gift and generation-skipping (GST) transfer tax exemptions are each $11.58 million per person, and the tax rate for each is 40 percent. These exemptions will be reduced to $5 million (indexed for inflation) on Jan. 1, 2026, assuming Congress does not change the exemptions sooner.

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By Jennifer Davis, Betty Schaefer on July 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM

For the parents of students entering college this fall, there are some unique challenges in store. In navigating all the changes related to the pandemic’s effect on college students, it’s possible you are missing one of the most important items: Having your child sign durable powers of attorney.

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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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