Taxation

Estate and Gift Tax Conference Live Webcasts

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED

On March 12-13, 2020, the Taxation Section will host the 28th annual Estate and Gift Tax Conference in San Francisco. Can’t travel that day? We’ve got you covered. Follow all the programs and panels from your computer via live webcast!

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Panels

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cross Border Estates: A Dive Down Under And Just Yonder—What Planners Need To Know When Dealing With IRS

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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This program will cover recent global tax developments and IRS enforcement on cross-border estates. This is a very hot topic due to so many retiring expats. The speakers will focus on business planning and multinational family wealth preservation strategies among the United States, Australia and Canada with an Australian T&E Jedi Joining. Learn the tax rules, relevant treaty considerations and practical advice to provide clients.

Scarier Than Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Income Taxation of Trusts, Oh My!

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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Thanks to recent tax reform, the complex rules related to fiduciary income tax have become even more complicated. How are trusts taxed after a divorce? What happens to excess deductions after termination? Can multiple non-grantor trusts take advantage of qualified small business stock exclusions, receive additional SALT limitations, avoid state income taxation, and still allow the grantor to get the trust assets back at a later date? This presentation will answer those questions and more. To help practitioners minimize the impact of higher trust tax rates and avoid many of the traps for the unwary, this program will review the impact of recent tax reform, case law, IRS guidance, and Treasury regulations related to the taxation of trusts.

Why and How Do You Authenticate a Girl’s BFF

11:45 a.m. – 12 noon

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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Believe it or not it’s not always just about the art. A panel of jewelry, watch and auction experts will discuss the challenges of properly identifying and valuing property from diamond rings to Rolex watches, any girls or gents best friend. Whether it is a rare pink diamond, a diamond cross found at a garage sale or a not so authentic multi-million-dollar automobile, the panelists have seen it all and then some. They have stories to share that will shock even the strong of heart and tips that will make every practitioner shine in front of their clients when dealing with those valuables or not so valuables, as the case may be.

Understanding CRT’s

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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The panel will provide an overview of issues related to forming, funding, and operating charitable remainder trusts. They will also cover pitfalls that every practitioner can stumble on and should be aware of.

The Do’s and Don’ts When Using Life Insurance

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law

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The speakers will address life insurance in the everchanging landscape, including in an uncertain tax environment. Topics will include bank financed premium funding, policy audits and other key issues, including pitfalls for the unwary such as incidents of ownership. Also, learn how to plan around obsolescence and what exit strategies are available. Focus will also be made on product and planning considerations for 2020.

706 Preparation: Everything You Wanted To Know About The 706 But Were Afraid To Ask

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law

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Even if few clients have need for 706s, chances are that we may not have seen the last of the U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, Form 706, particularly with many of the recent tax proposals. Plus, the rumors that all 706s are being audited. Hence, this presentation will review the Form 706, from the beginning questions through Schedule R, and highlight some of the technical issues where even seasoned practitioners aren’t quite certain how to respond. A “must attend” for anyone who prepares a Form 706.

Friday, March 13, 2020

GST — What You May Not Realize But Need to Know (1 Hour MCLE)

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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The speakers will provide a general overview of the GST tax. This will include a discussion of some complex issues that will assist planners when dealing with these issues. They will also cover available planning options that will assist any practitioner.

The Latest and Greatest

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law

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The panelists will discuss what IRS’ latest hot buttons are in audit and the most important highlights of 2019. This will cover a discussion on case law and legislation, and include the Secure Act and the new IRA/Retirement rules and their effect on see through/conduit trusts.

Toss the Blue-backs and Sealing Wax, Electronic Wills Are Here! Or Are They?

10:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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The Uniform Law Commission has approved the new Uniform Electronic Wills Act, and at least four states have adopted e-wills statutes in various forms. Websites for will preparation and will registration already exist. Wills signed on phones and tablets have been admitted to probate. Both technology and the laws affecting wills are changing rapidly, with potential major impacts on attorneys’ practices and relationships with clients. This program will provide an overview of these developments and include a discussion of the new (and not so new) ethics issues that could arise in the attorney-client relationship.

Dealing with Tax and Compliance Issues in the Fine Art and Collectibles Industry

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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What does every practitioner need to know when advising a client or trustee on dealing with fine art and collectibles, including art collections. The speaker will describe the current landscape in the US and the new, hot off the shelf UK art markets AML regulations. Also, become more versed in a few of the tax issues in this area as well as the role of agents and representatives in transactions and what to expect as well as what to look out for.

California Residency: Is FTB Running a Hotel California, That Residents Can Never Leave?

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law

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Join the panel for a refresher on California residency for individuals. They will review recent case law developments, recurring issues arising in audit and the challenges faced by our clients moving out of state. They will also discuss California’s position in comparison to the larger national perspective on residency issues, including the residency of trusts and what role an out of state trust may play in a California resident’s tax plan.

Estate Planning for Blended Families: Yours, Mine and Ours

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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Blended families can face complex estate-planning challenges. Individuals in blended families typically want to provide for the new spouse as well as the children from the previous marriage, and this can lead to conflict and strife if not handled properly. The presenters will share their experiences about issues that can arise in planning for a blended family and present strategies to minimize conflict and maximize family contentment with the estate plan.

When and Why Should We Use a 678 Trust?

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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IRC Section 678 Trusts are named after Internal Revenue Code Section 678. This section enumerates the circumstances under which someone other than the grantor is treated as the owner of a trust for income tax purposes. The speaker will take us through a review of planning opportunities for different types of 678 trusts (e.g., BDITs and BDOTs).

Penalties Abound! What Estate Planners and Administrators Need to Know to Successfully Navigate the International Tax and Reporting Requirements

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Specialty Credit: Taxation Law; Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

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We live in a global economy and many of your clients will have sources of income, investments, assets or activities outside the United States. With these come often complex international tax and reporting obligations, the violation of which can result in substantial civil penalties and, in cases involving willful conduct, criminal exposure. With the automatic exchange of information, increased collaboration among treaty partners, and searches driven by data analytics, it is no longer a matter of if the government will find an offshore asset, but when. This diverse panel will review the common international reporting obligations, potential penalties, applicable statutes of limitations, available defenses, and potential paths to compliance, including the latest developments in voluntary disclosures.

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