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GST Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy

A recent PLR showcases risks associated with modifying grandfathered generation-skipping transfer trusts
May 17, 2018

The provisions of Chapter 13 of the Internal Revenue Code aren't for the faint of heart. That chapter specifically deals with the tax on generation-skipping transfers, that is transfers to individuals more than one generation below the donor.


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By Brianna L. Marquis and Andrew M. Nerney

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What Beats A Charitable Bequest Under The New Tax Law?

April 9, 2018

“Many people go to their lawyers and add a charity in their wills. Instead, I suggest they consider a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity,” says tax lawyer Conrad Teitell, chairman of the Charitable Planning Group at Cummings & Lockwood who has published the Taxwise Giving newsletter since 1964. Most leading charities, including colleges, offer these "planned giving" opportunities.


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By Ashlea Ebeling

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Gift Split Gaffe

Accountant's Mistake Could Result in Increased Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes
April 2, 2018

When a taxpayer signs a Form 709 reporting transfers subject to federal gift tax, he signs under penalties of perjury that he’s examined the return and, to the best of his knowledge, the return is “true, correct, and complete.” But honestly, does the average taxpayer truly know or understand the tax implications of the gifts he makes? 


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How To Give It Away

February/March 2018 Issue

Laura Weintraub Beck, a trusts and estates attorney in Cummings & Lockwood’s Greenwich, Connecticut office, was quoted in an article entitled “How to Give It Away” in The Magazine published by AARP in the February/March 2018 issue.


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Court Upholds Regulations Requiring Charities to Disclose Donors

March 5, 2018

Charities may not be happy about a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that might result in donors thinking twice before pledging support to a charitable organization.


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By Brianna L. Marquis and Andrew M. Nerney

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Charitable Contributions From Trusts are Treated Differently

February 5, 2018

Like individuals and corporations, trusts and estates that make contributions of property to charitable organizations may be eligible to receive a corresponding income tax deduction for such contributions.


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By Brianna L. Marquis and Andrew M. Nerney

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Not Knowing the S Corp Rules Can Be Dangerous to Your Client's Wealth

December 2017

Superman is the most powerful S corporation (S corp) in the world.  He's so proud of his S status, he wears it on his chest.  Until now, most people thought that only kryptonite could take away Superman's powers.  Read on, and you'll learn the many ways he can lose his S corp status, actions his advisors can take to prevent its loss...


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By Conrad Teitell, Stefania L. Bartlett, and Cara Howe Santoro

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Diversifying Charitable Remainder Trust Investments

Who cares? Donors, advisors, trust drafters, trustees, beneficiaries and state attorneys general
October 2017

Trustees have a duty to diversify charitable remainder trust (CRT) investments.


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Estate Planning: How Cummings & Lockwood Can Help

A Private Clients Group Article

Clients frequently have many questions about estate planning.  This article focuses on how Cummings & Lockwood can address those specific questions and deliver valuable benefits to clients.

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Estate Planning: The Basics

A Private Clients Group Article

While estate planning can be very complicated, its purpose is straightforward: It aims to provide for the management and transfer of your property, in the event of your incapacity or death, at the smallest financial and emotional cost to your family.

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How to Reduce Your Estate Taxes With Gifts

A Private Clients Group Article

One of the goals of an estate plan is to reduce taxes and maximize your legacy for your heirs.  Lifetime gifting can be an effective tactic offering significant tax savings.

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How to Reduce Taxes with Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

A Private Clients Group Article

Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) are an important estate planning tool used to reduce estate, gift and similar inheritance taxes by removing assets from an estate.  In the right situation, they can allow donors to gift appreciated assets tax-free.

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