IRS Issues Basis Guidance for Estates Electing Against the Estate TaxPosted September 6th, 2011
The IRS has dropped the second shoe, giving taxpayers guidance through the complex procedural machinations they must follow to avoid the 2010 estate tax.
The IRS released two pieces of guidance for estates of 2010 decedents. Advisor’s Journal covered Notice 2011-66 in a previous edition [see IRS Finally Issues Guidance on 2010 Estate Tax (CC 11-160)]. Today we discuss the second component, Revenue Procedure 2011-41, which provides a safe-harbor for executors of estates of 2010 decedents and beneficiaries of those estates. If the safe-harbor procedure is followed and the executor doesn’t take a contradictory position on a return, the IRS will not challenge the election against the estate tax or the basis allocations made by the executor.
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For previous coverage of estates of 2010 decedents in Advisor’s Journal, see IRS Finally Issues Guidance on 2010 Estate Tax (CC 11-160), What Next? ILITs and Estates under 5MM (CC 11-114), & Does the New Estate Tax Make the Bypass Trust Obsolete? (CC-10-122).
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