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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Trust on Question of State Income Taxation

June 21, 2019

 

On June 21, 2019, the United States Supreme Court, by a unanimous decision, held that the State of North Carolina could not impose a state level income tax on a trust based solely on the residence of the beneficiary of the trust. 

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Connecticut Real Estate Sales in Excess of $2.5 Million Will Face Additional “Mansion Tax” under New Law

June 10, 2019

The recently approved Connecticut 2020/2021 state budget includes an increase in the rate of tax charged on real estate sales in excess of $2.5 million, which is being referred to as the “mansion tax.”  This new rate structure will be effective on July 1, 2020. 

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Connecticut Enacts Historic and Sweeping Trust Legislation

June 5, 2019

The Connecticut legislature, on June 5, 2019, enacted HB 7104, an Act Concerning the Connecticut Uniform Trust Code.  This massive bill, over 90 pages in length, adopts four major categories of revisions to trust law that will greatly enhance the administration of trusts and planning opportunities for clients in Connecticut.

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The IRS Clarifies that Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Other Partnerships are Subject to Withholding Requirements When Foreign Persons are Involved

May 23, 2019

On May 7, 2019, the IRS issued proposed regulations for new code section 1446(f), which requires withholding of income tax when a foreign person recognizes gain or loss from the sale or exchange of certain partnership interests, as described in IRC 864(c)(8).  Such interests include limited partner interests in private equity and hedge funds.

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New IRS Guidance on Opportunity Zone Investments

April 17, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulations (Proposed Treas. Reg. Sec. 1400Z-2), that provide new guidance for qualified "Opportunity Funds" investing in "Opportunity Zones."

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Increase in New York Real Property Transfer Taxes, Including “Progressive Mansion Tax”

April 11, 2019

As part of the 2019/2020 New York State Budget Bill that was passed, New York included a progressive mansion tax with a top tax rate of 3.90% on properties purchased for $25 million or above.

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NY Extends the Three Look Back for Lifetime Gifts when Calculating the New York Estate Tax

April 4, 2019

The New York estate tax exemption currently is $5,740,000.  The exemption is adjusted for inflation and will increase over time.

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Client Alert - Connecticut's Changes to Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions - Confirmed!

March 12, 2019

In 2019, the Connecticut exemption amount from estate and gift tax has been increased from its prior level of $2,600,000 per individual to $3,600,000.  As we have reported, there has been some confusion as to what is to occur in 2020 and future years because in May of 2018, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut legislature enacted two different bills with respect to the Connecticut estate and gift tax.

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Governor Lamont’s Budget Proposal Includes Potential Changes to Connecticut’s Estate and Gift Tax

February 20, 2019

Governor Lamont’s proposed budget titled “A Path Forward” for Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 was announced on February 20, 2019 (the “Proposed Budget”) and includes changes to Connecticut’s estate and gift tax regime.

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Beware of Scam Targeting Owners of LLCs

January 4, 2019

Connecticut clients should be aware of a large scale scam targeting owners of Limited Liability Companies. 

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2018 Cummings & Lockwood Annual Update

December 31, 2018

As we complete our 110th year, our Partners are grateful to have assisted existing and new clients, serving a range of individuals, families, charitable entities and businesses.

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December 2018 Client Update

December 2018

Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group advises on changes in the federal and state tax laws and general estate planning developments in 2018, including estate, gift and GST tax rates and exemptions

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