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Category Archives: Estates & Trusts

U.S. Tax Court Rejects Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Restrictive View of Trust Material Participation

The U.S. Tax Court recently issued a taxpayer favorable opinion regarding how a trust materially participates in its activities. The court’s holding will make it easier for trusts to currently deduct expenses against non-passive income and to exclude income from the reach of the new 3.8% net investment income tax. In Frank Aragona Trust v. Comm’r, …

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Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day: Why an Advance Directive is a Crucial Part of Estate Planning

Today is a day that, until recently, I wasn’t aware had any independent significance other than being April 16. However, April 16 is – and has been for the past seven years – National Healthcare Decisions Day. You can see the website dedicated to this purpose here: www.nhdd.org Planning with an advance directive for health care decisions is only …

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