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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.

 

                                                                                                                    


President Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-142) on June 5. The legislation aims to expand usability of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s ( P.L. 116-136) headliner small business loan program.


In consultation with Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued...


The IRS is postponing deadlines for certain time-sensitive actions due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. This relief affects employment taxes, employee benefit plans, exempt organizations, individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Coverdell education savings accounts, health savings accounts (HSAs), and Archer and Medicare Advantage medical saving accounts (MSAs).


The IRS has issued guidance on coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans.


The IRS has released guidance that provides temporary administrative relief to help certain retirement plan participants or beneficiaries who need to make participant elections by allowing flexibility for remote signatures. Specifically, the guidance provides participants, beneficiaries, and administrators of qualified retirement plans and other tax-favored retirement arrangements with temporary relief from the physical presence requirement for any participant election (1) witnessed by a notary public in a state that permits remote notarization, or (2) witnessed by a plan representative using certain safeguards. The guidance accommodates local shutdowns and social distancing practices and is intended to facilitate the payment of coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans to qualified individuals, as permitted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136).


The IRS has released a revenue procedure that describes temporary safe harbors for the purpose of determining the federal tax status of certain arrangements that hold real property as trusts in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Specifically, the Service has provided temporary relief to arrangements that are treated as trusts under Reg. §301.7701-4(c) which are, or have tenants who are, experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, to allow them to make certain modifications to their mortgages loans and their lease agreements, and to accept additional cash contributions without jeopardizing their tax status as grantor trusts. This revenue procedure also indicates that a cash contribution from one or more new trust interest holders to acquire a trust interest or a non-pro rata cash contribution from one or more current trust interest holders must be treated as a purchase and sale under Code Sec. 1001 of a portion of each non-contributing (or lesser contributing) trust interest holder’s proportionate interest in the trust’s assets.


The IRS has announced various extensions of deadlines for qualified opportunity funds and their investors due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The IRS has issued proposed regulations clarifying the definition of a qualifying relative for various tax benefits for tax years 2018 through 2025 in which the dependent exemption amount is zero. During these years, the exemption amount will be inflation adjusted as provided in annual IRS guidance in determining whether an individual is a qualifying relative such as for head of household filing status and $500 child tax credit.


Proposed regulations provide guidance regarding the elimination of the deduction for expenses related to qualified transportation fringe benefits (QTFs) provided to an employee. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) eliminated the deduction, effective for amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2017.


Proposed regulations would define expenditures for direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministry memberships as amounts paid for medical care. Thus, amounts paid for those arrangements may be deductible medical expenses. The proposed regulations also clarify that amounts paid for certain arrangements and programs, such as health maintenance organizations (HMO) and certain government-sponsored health care programs, are amounts paid for medical insurance.


Proposed reliance regulations clarify the definitions of "real property" that qualifies for a like-kind exchange, including incidental personal property. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), like-kind exchanges occurring after 2017 are limited to real property used in a trade or business or for investment. Comments are requested.