A bill before the California legislature seeks to impose an estate tax of 40% on the net value of a decedent’s estate in excess of $3.5 million, with a credit for all federal estate taxes paid by the estate. Background In 2017, as Congress debated legislation that ultimately became the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, […]
In 2017, if a client owned an interest in a foreign entity (directly or indirectly through a tiered entity structure), then an evaluation should have been done to determine whether the client owed a repatriation tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Many clients, and their tax advisors, are unaware of this obligation […]
Brad Cohen wrote the article “Trump Tax Cut Roils the Rules” in Variety on September 25, 2018
President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, which has a major impact on estate planning. The new law doubled the federal exemption for estate tax, gift tax and the tax on generation-skipping transfers (GST), starting January 1, 2018; the lifetime exemption for each of these taxes is now $11.2 million per taxpayer. Married couples together […]
Jamie Ogden’s article “Important tax news for owners of Partnerships and LLCs” was republished by Hotel Online.
On June 13, 2017, the Treasury Department republished Proposed Treasury Regulations regarding the new partnership audit regime enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Generally, the new partnership audit rules will be effective January 1, 2018. As a result of the new partnership audit regime: (1) individuals and/or entities that were formerly […]
In the May 2017 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, JMBM tax attorney Brad S. Cohen writes about Tax and Estate Planning for Postmortem Celebrity. “Does a studio have the right to use a celebrity’s image after his or her death? If so, is there any way to plan ahead to avoid the misappropriation of a celebrity […]
Alex Bruin contributed to the publication, “A Tax Penalties Primer for Estates and Trusts Attorneys,” presented at EPI 2017: The 39th Annual UCLA/CEB Estate Planning Institute.
Gordon Schaller’s and Eric Bardwell’s article, “Double Whammy: Federal Estate Tax Repeal Could Substantially Increase Tax For California Residents” was published in the LISI Estate Planning Newsletter.
Alex Bruin contributed to the publication, “Advising the Foreign Private Client – Fundamentals of U.S. Estate, Gift and GST Tax Planning,” presented at NYSBA-STEP 13th Annual International Estate Planning Institute.