Estate Planning with Selected Issues 2017 - 24 CPE Credit Hours
This exceptional course surveys wills, living trusts, gifts, marital property, and probate avoidance. Will and trust forms are explored along with living wills, durable powers of attorney, and nominations of conservator. Designed to eliminate estate problems and death taxes, the emphasis is on practical solutions that are cost effective.
Completion Deadline & Exam: This course, including the examination, must be completed within one year of the date of purchase. In addition, unless otherwise indicated, no correct or incorrect feedback for any exam question will be provided.
Course Level: Overview. This program is appropriate for professionals at all organizational levels.
Field of Study: Taxes
Prerequisite: General understanding of federal income taxation.
Recommended Credits: 24 CPE Hours
Advanced Preparation: None
Learning Assignments & Objectives
As a result of studying each assignment, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below each assignment.
Chapter 1 Estate Planning
At the start of Chapter 1, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Build, preserve, & distribute
* Legal documents
* Estate planning team
* Estate administration
* Transfers within probate
* Transfers outside probate
* Transfers using a trust
* Special planning tools
After reading Chapter 1, participants will be able to:
1. Identify basic estate planning elements noting the importance of well-drafted legal documents and specify the key team participants including their roles in estate planning process.
2. Determine the major steps in the probate process, identify ways to make transfers outside the probate system including the use of a trust, specify estate tax techniques that save death taxes while retaining maximum control, and identify estate-planning facts.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 1 to 6.
Chapter 2 Estate & Gift Taxes
At the start of Chapter 2, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Taxable estate
* IRS valuation
* Estate tax return & payment
* Tax basis for estate assets
* Generation-skipping transfer tax
* Application of gift taxes and valuation
* Gift tax annual exclusion
* Gift tax marital and charitable deductions
* Gift tax advantages and disadvantages
* Shifting income & gain
After reading Chapter 2, participants will be able to:
1. Identify potential death taxes including federal estate tax as it applies to various size estates, specify the principal taxes that impact death taxation, and determine the expiration of the death tax credit.
2. Determine what constitutes a taxable estate under §2501 noting what assets are included in a gross estate using basic categories of property and transfers.
3. Specify estate deductions allowed under federal estate tax law noting their tax advantages and disadvantages.
4. Determine the value of a decedent’s assets using permitted elections, recognize the use of the Form 706 to pay any estate tax due, select the tax basis of estate assets noting how common transactions affect property basis under §1014.
5. Recall the advantages of gift planning including estate reduction noting the impact of the GST, specify the steps to compute gift tax identifying the gift tax exclusion amount, and determine the value of gifts including those that are split.
6. Identify the various gift tax exclusions, specify the tax treatment of below-market loans, recall the gift tax marital deduction requirements, determine the tax consequences of giving various assets noting factors to consider when gifting, and recognize the use of the Form 709 to compute and pay federal gift tax.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 7 to 26.
Chapter 3 Wills & Probate
At the start of Chapter 3, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Provisions of wills
* Requirements of wills
* Executors and guardians
* Types of wills
* Title implications
* Changes to a will
* Advantages of a will
* Simple will
* Probate pros and cons
* Probate avoidance
After reading Chapter 3, participants will be able to:
1. Specify types of wills noting functions a will can perform, identify types of bequests, determine the duties of executors and guardians, and recall ways to hold title and their tax ramifications.
2. Identify advantages of a properly drafted will, determine the distribution flow of simple wills, and specify the pros and cons of probate proceedings.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 27 to 32.
Chapter 4 Trusts
At the start of Chapter 4, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Purpose of trusts
* Common elements of trusts
* Types of trusts
* Living trusts
* Income tax & trusts
* Gift tax & trusts
* Estate tax & trusts
* Identification, recital, & property transfer clauses
* Income and principal & revocation and amendment clauses
* Trustee & trust termination clauses
After reading Chapter 4, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the relationship of parties in a trust, reasons to establish a trust, and types of trusts noting their estate planning function.
2. Specify recommended living trust provisions, identify the application of gift and income tax including the use of a grantor trust and an unlimited marital deduction, and determine what constitutes an “A-B” and “A-B-C” trust format.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 33 to 42.
Chapter 5 Entities & Title
At the start of Chapter 5, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Individual ownership & sole proprietorships
* Trusts & co-tenancies
* Co-tenancy taxation, percentage interests, & partition
* Partnership taxation & recapitalization
* Family partnerships
* Limited liability companies
* Retirement plans
After reading Chapter 5, participants will be able to:
1. Identify tax and legal title formats noting the differences among these entity formats by:
a. Specifying the advantages and disadvantages of holding property individually and through a sole proprietorship or a corporation noting how to avoid associated title pitfalls;
b. Selecting primary groups of C corporations noting the estate-planning problems associated with each; and
c. Recalling advantages that partnerships can have over corporations.
2. Determine S corporation rules noting tax advantages and disadvantages and also specify disadvantages and advantages of incorporating a farm.
3. Identify title holding benefits of trusts, co-tenancy, partnerships, and limited liability companies and the tax characteristics of each.
4. Specify types of retirement plans used to provide lifetime benefits to a business owner and to employees, identify how title can be held on behalf of minors and the tax treatment of custodianships, and recall the tax treatment of a probate estate.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 43 to 50.
Chapter 6 Life Insurance, Annuities & Buy-sell Agreements
At the start of Chapter 6, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Types of life insurance
* Life insurance trusts
* Deferred annuities
* Private annuities
* Buy-sell agreements
* Purchase price & terms
* Community property
* Professional corporations
* S corporations
* Sole shareholder planning
After reading Chapter 6, participants will be able to:
1. Specify persons in which rights are placed by life insurance and reasons to purchase life insurance.
2. Identify the tax treatment of life insurance proceeds by:
a. Determining the treatment of premiums for personally owned life insurance and related benefits and specifying exceptions to this treatment including the transfer for value rule;
b. Select variables that influence whether life insurance is taxable for federal estate tax purposes; and
c. Recalling the gift tax associated with transfer of life insurance policies.
3. Specify the pros and cons of various types of life insurance policies to guide clients in choosing a suitable policy.
4. Identify reasons for establishing an irrevocable life insurance trust to achieve estate tax planning advantage, specify considerations in establishing life insurance trusts, and determine the differences between deferred and private annuities.
5. Determine what constitutes an entity purchase agreement and a cross purchase agreement noting tax and legal advantages.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 51 to 64.
Chapter 7 Special Business Issues
At the start of Chapter 7, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Business valuation of tangible & intangible assets & goodwill
* Business valuation of qualified family-owned businesses
* Business valuation of land subject to conservation easement
* Business valuation discounts
* Buy-sell agreements
* Death of spouse
* Stock redemptions
* Stock recapitalization
* Deferred compensation agreements
After reading Chapter 7, participants will be able to:
1. Identify reasons why a business interest must be valued in an estate that is subject to federal estate tax, specify factors used to determine the net value of a business under the regulations, and recall the valuation factors in R.R. 59-60 noting their impact.
2. Determine how tangible assets are normally valued identifying those assets whose valuation is based on values other than book value, and specify the steps in R.R. 68-609’s valuation formula for intangible assets noting the effect such amount can have on the total value of a business.
3. Identify special business valuation issues including redemptions under §303 by:
a. Determining what constituted the now repealed qualified family-owned business estate tax deduction;
b. Recalling the terms of the election that allows clients to exclude from their taxable estate 40% of the value of land subject to a qualified conservation easement;
c. Determining the value of a minority stock interest and fractional interests in order to obtain applicable valuation discounts, and
d. Citing the §303 exception to the dividend treatment of redemptions noting qualifications.
4. Determine the tax consequences in leaving an estate to a surviving spouse, specify the elements of buy sell agreements, stock redemptions, and stock recapitalizations in order to dispose of business interests before death, and identify deferred compensation agreements noting their estate planning impact.
After studying the materials in this chapter, answer the exam questions 65 to 73.