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Fall 2014 - Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning

Ascher, Mark L

Course ID: 479M  Unique # 29630  Credit Hours: 4
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm JON 6.207
   Tuesday 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm JON 6.207
   Wednesday 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm JON 6.207
   Thursday 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm JON 6.207
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Final Thursday, December 18    8:30 am          A-Z
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

This course examines the federal wealth transfer tax system, including the estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes; in particular, their application to a wide variety of gratuitous transfers, both lifetime and testamentary.  In the case of the gift tax, it considers the concept of a "transfer of property by gift," complete and incomplete transfers, the annual exclusion, and gift-splitting.  In the case of the estate tax, it considers the concept of "gross estate," including interests still owned at death, property transferred during life subject to retained interests or powers or in contemplation of death, property subject to powers of appointment, jointly owned property, life insurance, and annuities and employee death benefits.  As to both the gift tax and the estate tax, it focuses heavily on the marital and charitable deductions, the unified credit, and problems of valuation.  It also considers the generation-skipping tax, but in less detail.  Throughout, it relates the material under consideration to basic, and sometimes not-so-basic, estate planning, including the creation of trusts, both revocable and irrevocable, and the transfer of business interests from one generation to another.

Prerequisite/Co-requisite:  Wills & Estates
FIT is NOT a prerequisite.

Related Course Areas
Property, Tax

Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers - Willbanks
  Wolters Kluwer, edition: 3d 2012
  ISBN: 978-1-4548-1014-8   (required)
Federal Estate & Gift Taxes: Code & Regulations Including Related Income Tax Provisions - CCH
  CCH, edition: 2014
  ISBN: 978-0-8080-3263-2   (required)