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                                                                                                                        November 2015

 To our Friends and Clients:

          As the fall leaves have come down, we all begin to think about the approaching holiday season. As we have seen in the past, many of our clients use this season to reflect on their lives and to think about the legacy they will leave behind. Estate planning has been around since the days of Pharaoh and the building of Pyramids. Now it is of course much easier to plan your estate and we encourage you to contact us to assist you with this delicate but necessary topic.

          Every client that uses our legal services to devise their estate plan will complete what we like to call the triple play of estate planning. Each client executes:

1) Last Will and Testament;

2) Power of Attorney; and

3) Health Care Proxy.

      WHAT SHOULD YOU BE THINKING ABOUT?

  • A Plan For The Disposition Of Your Assets
  • Estate Tax Planning To Minimize Estate Taxes Paid
  • Naming An Executor To Administer Estate
  • Naming Guardians And Trustees To Raise Children & Manage Their Assets
  • Creating Trusts to Benefit Children and Grand Children
  • If Married, to Utilize Maximum Exemptions To Reduce Estate Taxes

      What Else Should You Be Thinking About

  • A Plan For The Succession Or Sale Of A Family Business Or Practice
  • A Plan For Charitable Giving
  • Life Insurance To Support Your Family Or Provide Liquidity For The Estate And Methods to Keep Life Insurance Free of Estate Taxes
  • A Durable Power Of Attorney To Manage Finances Without Expense & Publicity Of Guardianship Hearing
  • A Health Care Proxy Which Names An Agent To Make Healthcare Decisions In The Event You Can’t Make Those Decisions
  • Living Trusts to Avoid Probate

We recommend that estate plans be reviewed every 2-4 years. Please call myself or Andrew Kirwin, Esq. to get the proverbial ball moving. As a courtesy to our clients, we shall provide a free half hour consultation regarding estate planning.

                                    

                                                                                                  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

                                                                                                                    


On July 1, President Trump signed into law a sweeping, bipartisan IRS reform bill called the Taxpayer First Act ( P.L. 116-25). This legislation aims to broadly redesign the IRS for the first time in over 20 years.


The House has approved a bipartisan repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called "Cadillac"excise tax on certain high-cost insurance plans.


The IRS has released final regulations that clarify the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a disregarded entity.


Final regulations allow employers to voluntarily truncate employees’ social security numbers (SSNs) on copies of Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, furnished to employees. The truncated SSNs appear on the forms as IRS truncated taxpayer identification numbers (TTINs). The regulations also clarify and provide an example of how the truncation rules apply to Forms W-2.


IRS final regulations provide rules that apply when the lessor of investment tax credit property elects to pass the credit through to a lessee. If this election is made, the lessee is generally required to include the credit amount in income (50 percent of the energy investment credit). The income is included in income ratably over the shortest MACRS depreciation period that applies to the investment credit property. No basis reduction is made to the investment credit property.


Effective July 17, 2019, the list of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible or with a deductible below the applicable minimum deductible is expanded. The list now includes certain cost effective medical care services and prescription drugs for certain chronic conditions.


The continuity safe harbor placed-in-service date deadlines for the investment tax energy credit (Code Sec. 48) and the renewable electricity production credit (Code Sec. 45(a)) may be tolled if a construction delay is caused by national security concerns raised by the Department of Defense (DOD).


The Treasury and IRS have issued proposed regulations on provisions dealing with passive foreign investment companies (PFICs). Proposed regulations published on April 25, 2015, also have been withdrawn ( NPRM REG-108214-15).


Proposed regulations would provide an exception to the unified plan rule for multiple employer plans (MEPs). The purpose is to reduce the risk of plan disqualification due to noncompliance by other participating employers. The regulations would apply on or after the publication date of final regulations in the Federal Register. They cannot be relied upon until then. Comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by October 1, 2019.