Current Developments in Estate Planning and Business Law: March 2023

By WealthCounsel Staff on Mar 17, 2023 10:00:00 AM

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From the enforcement of federal tax liens against a trust found to be the taxpayer’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that highly compensated workers may be entitled to overtime pay, we have recently seen significant developments in estate planning and business law. To ensure that you stay abreast of these legal changes, we have highlighted some noteworthy developments and analyzed how they may impact your estate planning and business law practice.

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Section 6166: Estate Tax Deferral for Interests in a Closely Held Business

By WealthCounsel Staff on Mar 3, 2023 10:00:00 AM

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Written by Jeremiah W. Doyle IV, JD, LLM

Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) section 6166 allows an executor to defer the payment of the federal estate tax attributable to the interest in a closely held business. The deferred payments may be extended over a period of up to fourteen years and nine months following the death of the business owner. With an estate tax exemption of $12.06 million in 2022, many estates can pass free of federal estate tax, making a section 6166 election unnecessary for the value of a business interest included in the gross estate. However, with the estate, gift, and generation skipping tax exemption scheduled to be reduced to $5 million (indexed for inflation) beginning January 1, 2026, a section 6166 election may become valuable for more estates holding an interest in a closely held business. Thus, it is probably time to dust off a copy of section 6166 and review its complex and somewhat ambiguous provisions.

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Business Succession Planning: Techniques and Considerations

By WealthCounsel Staff on Feb 24, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Business Succession Planning

Experienced and effective leadership is a key component of long-term business success. However, only 35 percent of businesses have a formalized succession plan—a startling statistic considering that retiring Baby Boomers will comprise the largest exit from the workforce in US history. Whether you own your practice or advise business-owning clients, succession planning is vital to ensure a smooth transition. Keep reading to learn some top techniques and considerations to keep in mind.

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