Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC has joined Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

The newly formed DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C. will provide clients with enhanced legal services
and efficiencies as well as access to more than 100 attorneys practicing in nearly 30 areas of
law in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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IRS Reports $391 Billion Gifted in 2012

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As documented by Bloomberg, the IRS recently released data showing that some $391 billion in tax-free gifts made by individuals were reported in 2012. Prompted by concerns over the “fiscal cliff” and the debate in Washington over the lifetime federal gift tax exemption, the amount gifted in 2012 was more than four times that reported in the previous year. Of the total non-taxable gifts made, 85% were from 110,117 households that each gifted more than $1 million.

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IRS Issues Final Regulations on Determining Which Trust & Estate Costs are Subject to Itemized Deduction Floor

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Clients who act as trustees or Personal Representatives of estates or who are beneficiaries of a trust or estate have some final resolution as to the deductibility of investment advisory fees on trust and estate income tax returns.  After a lengthy rulemaking process, the IRS has issued final regulations with guidance for determining which costs incurred by estates and certain trusts are subject to the 2% floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions. The “2% floor” limits the deductibility of certain expenses to the amount of such costs in excess of 2% of the estate or trust’s adjusted gross income. The final regulations apply to tax years beginning on or after May 9, 2014.

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