The Joy – and Tax Benefits – of Gifting

As we enter the “season of giving” and the end of yet another year, the thoughts of many tax advisers turn to . . . tax planning.(i) In keeping with the spirit of the season, an adviser may suggest that a client with a closely held

Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: “You’ve seen hundreds, thousands of pigeons, right?”
George Henderson: “Of course.”
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood: “Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Well neither have I. I got a hunch they exist.”[i]

When was the last time you pored over a judge’s analysis of the bona fides of a family limited partnership (“FLP”),

“The” Proposed Regulations

They were years in the making – proposed regulations that seek to address what the IRS believes are abuses in the valuation of family-owned business and investment entities. Based upon the volume of commentary generated in response to the proposed rules, it is clear that the IRS has struck the proverbial raw

The Goals

The owners of interests in closely-held businesses have long sought out ways by which they can remove the future appreciation of such interests from their gross estates for estate tax purposes, but without incurring gifts taxes and income taxes.

One popular method to achieve these goals has been the sale of the closely-held

“One Day, Lad, All This Will Be Yours.”

Many a closely-held business was created before its founder became a parent or when the founder’s children were still very young. As the business grew, and as the founder’s children matured, the founder may have entertained the notion of eventually having her children take over the business.

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The Bigger Picture

In addition to the SCIN-specific issues, the complaint touches on a number of themes of which every estate-planning adviser – and every client – should be aware.

The Facts Matter

An adviser should assume that the IRS will scrutinize the estate plan

What would you do?

The decedent was an extremely wealthy man, with a net worth in excess of $3 billion. You are the executor of his estate.

Prior to his death in 2009, he retained one of the top tax firms in the country to review his existing estate plan.

Under his existing plan, which