There are traditionally three phases of estate planning. I refer to these phases as Core, Legacy and Stewardship.
The foundation of most Georgia estate plans is a Will. Your Will is the legal document that dictates how your probate assets are distributed upon your death. But what are your probate assets? The easiest way to answer this question is to first define non-probate assets.
Non-probate assets are assets that pass outside of the probate estate to a named beneficiary (or beneficiaries) and independently of your Will. These are assets that pass by operation of law or under the terms of a contract.
The IRS recently highlighted a reminder that a tax credit is available for those who hire long term unemployed workers. There are 10 categories of qualified hires, including if the employee has been unemployed for 27 weeks and has taken unemployment for a portion of that time. Businesses should remember to take advantage of the credit when looking to hire qualified workers. For more information regarding this or any other business or tax related issue, please contact us at 404-255-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new option for small companies (less than $5 million in receipts) exists to apply up to $250k of research credit against payroll tax liabilities rather than income tax liability. For start ups the new option offers an opportunity to take credits that would otherwise be deferred if the company did not have taxable income to offset the credits.
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The IRS recently acquiesced in result only in the case of Scott Singer Installations v. CIR, TC Memo 2016-161. Mr. Singer had loaned his wholly owned corporation funds to stay afloat during hard times. The corporation made advances to Mr. Singer for payment of certain personal expenses. The taxpayer contended the advances for personal expenses were repayment of loans whlle the IRS argued they were compensation. The court found the payments were in fact loans because the taxpayer had acconted for them as such on his personal returns and it concluded there was a general expectation of repayment of amounts loaned. This case again shows the importance of documenting related party loans and properly accounting and reporting them. Loans should be documented, bear adequate interest, and collateralized. The IRS will only respect a loan as such if the taxpayer does as well.
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The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-29, which extends the deadline for participants in syndicated conservation easements to make their discosure (as required in Notice 2017-10), from June 21, 2017 to October 2, 2017. Notably, it does not extend the May 2nd deadline for material advisors and participants under Treas. Reg. 1.6011-4(e)(1). If you have questions about the new IRS scrutiny on conservation easements and the listed transaction/tax shelter rules, we can help. For more information please contact us at 404-255-7400 or email@example.com.
In this document, the IRS provides guidance on recent changes to Section 179 expense and bonus depreciation. Importantly, the 179 expense is increased for inflation to $510,000 and bonus depreciation is 50% for 2017 but decreases to 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. The latter change obviously provides a tax advantage for businesses to place qualifying prorperty into service in 2017 rather than 2018. For more information regarding this document or any other tax concern, please call us at 404-255-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS is beginning the process of transferring the overdue tax debt of a small group of taxpayers to private debt collectors. Importantly, the private debt collectors are not entitled to take enforcement action (only an IRS agent can do so). While the program is currently very small, it could portend the future if successful: