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  • Time to Revisit Some Key Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    10/24/18 | By: David N. Milner, Esq. | GDB 2018 Fall Newsletter

    As we approach the first anniversary of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I thought it might be appropriate to revisit some of the Act’s provisions and see how the changes may affect the preparation of income tax returns for the first tax year directly impacted by the Act.  Except as indicated, these changes apply to income tax returns filed for the 2018 through 2025 tax years.

  • Legal Update
    10/24/18 | GDB 2018 Fall Newsletter

  • Prominent Brighton Family Mired in Estate Battle
    August 22, 2018 | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

    GDB attorney Adam M. Felsenstein is quoted in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle regarding an estates litigation case. GDB partner David S. Douglas and Mr. Felsenstein are representing the client on an appeal.

  • Is Estate Planning Still Necessary Under the New Tax Law?
    7/11/18 | By: David N. Milner, Esq. | GDB 2018 Summer Newsletter

    As part of the changes that were made to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2017, Congress doubled what is referred to as the “life-time exemption,” the amount that can be transferred by gift while alive or upon death without paying gift or estate tax.  While referred to as an exemption, there is no place on either a gift tax return or an estate tax return to reflect the available “exemption.” Rather, each individual has available a lifetime credit to be used to offset the gift tax that is due on any taxable gifts made while alive with any unused portion of the credit available to offset the estate tax that is due on their taxable estate.  This distinction and change are critical in that without proper planning, the estate tax liability will be higher than necessary.

  • David I. Faust, Esq. Presented on International Tax Law at the STEP-Israel Conference in Tel Aviv
    6/2018

    Partner David I. Faust presented on international tax law at the 20th annual STEP-Israel Conference in Tel Aviv. He also was a speaker on cross-border investments, inheritance and taxation at a joint meeting between the Committee for Private International Law of the Israel Bar Association and members of the New York State Bar Association's International Section.

  • Summer 2018 Newsletter
    7/11/2018 | GDB 2018 Summer Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • The Sales Tax May Be Coming to the Internet
    6/25/18 | By: David N. Milner, Esq.

    ‚ÄčLast week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its 1992 ruling in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.  States may now require internet sellers to collect sales tax on goods shipped into their state even if the seller does not maintain a physical presence in that state. Previously a physical presence was required.

  • An Opportunity is Soon Closing to Voluntarily Disclose Offshore Assets to the IRS
    4/4/18 | By: Asher Rubinstein, Esq. and David N. Milner, Esq. | GDB 2018 Spring Newsletter

    Since 2009, the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has been an opportunity for U.S. taxpayers who failed to report foreign income and assets to become compliant, pay back taxes, lower their potential penalties and avoid criminal prosecution.  In March, the IRS announced that the OVDP will close on September 28, 2018. Only a few months remain to bring offshore assets into IRS compliance via the OVDP.

  • Our “Kiddie Tax” Has Grown Up
    4/4/2018 | By: David N. Milner, Esq. | GDB 2018 Spring Newsletter

    The new Kiddie Tax rules, which as part of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 take ef­fect this year, change the method of taxing a child’s investment income. Under the new rules, investment income will be taxed using the tax brackets applicable to trust and estates regardless of the rate at which the child’s parents pay tax.

  • IRS Focus on Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies
    4/4/2018 | By: Asher Rubinstein, Esq.| GDB 2018 Spring Newsletter

    The IRS treats virtual currency as property, rather than a currency, which means that taxpayers are required to pay taxes on any gains when they “use” or sell the currency.  As an indication of the seriousness of the IRS focus on tax compliance for virtual currencies, the IRS recently served Coin­base, the largest public virtual currency exchange, with a summons seeking infor­mation on Coinbase customers who may not have properly reported profits to the IRS.

  • Trusts Provide a Flexible Vehicle to Accomplish Many Different Beneficial Purposes
    4/4/2018 | By: David I. Faust, Esq. | GDB 2018 Spring Newsletter

    Trusts can be used for a variety of beneficial purposes: estate and tax planning, avoidance of probate, continuity of a family business, provision for heirs who may not be able to take care of their own financial affairs or needs because of age or lack of capacity, charitable giving and asset protection.  This article describes the two basic types of charitable trusts, as well as asset protection trusts, and explains when it is appropriate to use each type of trust. 

  • Spring 2018 Newsletter
    4/4/2018 | Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • Durable Powers of Attorney - Views Across the Ocean
    4/1/2018 | By: David I. Faust, Rebecca B. Pasternak and Lyat Eyal | Oxford University Press: Trusts & Trustees

    The worldwide elderly population grows annually. Life expectancy is increasing in modern societies, requiring governments to adjust various services provided to this community. Notwithstanding this shift, the growing view is that emphasis should be placed on the right of individuals to have a say in how their affairs are managed, even as their capacity to manage themselves deteriorates.

  • Winter 2018 Newsletter
    1/29/2018 | GDB 2018 Winter Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • New IRS Rules Govern Audits of Partnerships and LLCs Treated as Partnerships: You May Need to Revise Your Entity’s Governing Documents
    1/29/2018 | By: David N. Milner, Esq. & Asher Rubinstein, Esq. | GDB 2018 Winter Newsletter

    For tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the IRS has adopted new rules which apply to income tax audits of partnerships and limited partnerships. These new audit rules are important because they may expose those who were not partners during the tax year under audit to the tax errors and liabilities of the partnership, which, under the prior rules, would have been the responsibility of those who were partners during the year under audit.  Minimize this new risk via proper planning and drafting.

  • Tax Reform 2017
    12/26/2017

    This past Friday the President signed into effect a new tax law which will impact most if not all Americans.  While the effective date of most of the provisions of the new law is not until January 1, 2018, certain changes made by the new tax law should be addressed immediately in order to take advantage of the law before it changes.

    This alert summarizes the most significant changes and provides specific recommendations for action you may want to consider in light of these changes.

  • Year End Tax Planning Concepts
    12/04/2017

    Although year-end tax planning always presents challenges, recent tax reform proposals have created a unique set of challenges for taxpayers.  Despite the current uncertainty concerning tax reform, it is important to remember that the proposals are just that: proposals.  This memo highlights several potential income and estate tax-saving opportunities to consider based on current tax law, as well as strategies to receive the maximum benefit under current law and/or protection from any possible future changes.  As with planning opportunities it is important to first do the math to see if any potential opportunity will result in actual savings.  The Tax, Trusts and Estates practice at Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP stands ready to assist you in making these determinations.

  • Fall 2017 Newsletter
    10/23/2017 | GDB 2017 Fall Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • Summer 2017 Newsletter
    7/5/2017 | GDB 2017 Summer Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • Powers of Attorney - A Useful Tool
    3/10/2017 | By: David I. Faust, Esq. | GDB 2017 Spring Newsletter

  • Spring 2017 Newsletter
    3/10/2017 | GDB 2017 Spring Newsletter

    Legal Update

  • 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments
    11/29/2016 | Tax Law Update

  • Why a Trust, and What about a Will?
    03/09/2016 | By: Asher Rubinstein, Esq.

  • Estate Planning For Digital Assets
    2/11/2016 | By: David N. Milner, Esq. | Winter 2016 Newsletter

  • Winter 2016 Newsletter
    2/16/2016

    Legal Update

  • Year-End Legislation Extending Federal Tax Provisions
    10/06/2015 | Winter 2015 Newsletter

  • 2012/2013 Tax Law Changes
    12/02/2013 | Winter 2013 Newsletter

  • Tax Law Changes for 2011
    01/01/2011 | January 2011 Tax Update Newsletter