August 2011 Posts

  • Bankruptcy Courts Agree – Inherited IRAs Exempt

    With the Texas case of In re Chilton reversed in U.S. District Court, which held that the debtor’s inherited IRA was exempt from the claims of creditors, all bankruptcy courts that have ruled on the issue have determined that inherited IRAs are exempt in bankruptcy. ...
  • IRS Extends Deadline for Offshore Voluntary Disclosure

    Due to Hurricane Fran, the IRS has extended the deadline for the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative for foreign accounts to September 9, 2011. ...
  • President of Building Company Liable for Negligence Despite Acting on Behalf of Company

    The January 2011 North Carolina Court of Appeals case of White v. Collins Bldg., Inc. involved purchasers of beach house who filed a negligence claim against several defendants, including the building company’s president and sole shareholder, Edwin E. Collins, Jr., alleging that he failed to properly supervise the construction of their home, leading to sustained water, window, and plumbing damage....
  • IRS Releases Draft 2010 Estate Tax Return Instructions

    The IRS has released draft instructions for the 2010 Form 706, the U.S. Estate Tax Return. Executors of estates of decedents who died in 2010 between the estate tax, with a $5 million exemption and 35% rate, or the modified carryover basis rules. The modified carryover basis law does not institute a tax, but limits a step up in basis for property acquired from a decedent to $1.3 million, with another $3 million for property passing to a spouse. ...
  • Recording Document Fees

    Effective October 1, 2011, fees for recording documents in North Carolina’s 100 Registers of Deeds will increase: Deeds – $26.00 for up to 15 pages. $4.00 for each additional page....
  • New NC Trusts and Estates Laws

    In the 2011-2012 Session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed several laws affecting estate planning, trusts and probate: S.L. 2011-5 and S.L. 330- The reference to the Internal Revenue Code in G.S. 105-228.90(b)(1b) is changed from May 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011. ...
  • Execution of Promissory Notes and Deeds of Trust is Transfer for Medicaid Purposes

    From today’s NEALA eBulletin: Leola Joyner had been a Medicaid recipient since November 2005. She executed two promissory notes on March 1, 2006, secured by correlating deeds of trust in favor of her son. ...
  • IRS Guidance on 2010 Decedents’ Estates Filings

    The IRS recently issued guidance on the treatment of basis for certain estates of persons who died in 2010. This will assist executors who decide to opt out of the estate tax and have the carryover basis rules apply. Form 8939, the basis allocation form required to be filed by executors opting out of the estate tax, is due November 15, 2011. ...
  • NC – No Estate Tax for 2010

    Good news for beneficiaries of large North Carolina estates of decedents dying in 2010. From the North Carolina Department of Revenue:...
  • IRS Eliminates Innocent Spouse Two Year Limitation

    From IR-2011-80, issued on July 25, 2011: The IRS launched a thorough review of the equitable relief provisions of the innocent spouse program earlier this year. Policy and program changes with respect to that review will become fully operational in the fall and additional guidance will be forthcoming. However, with respect to expanding the availability of equitable relief:...