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10.0 Credits

While the estate and gift tax have been greatly relaxed (and the chance of near-term repeal seems real), many clients will still require estate planning services in 2016. This course examines the fundamentals of estate planning including critical concepts in marital deduction planning, credit shelter trusts, selection and powers of trustees, and titling and funding issues. The comprehensive manual provides an in-depth analysis of will provisions, checklists, flow charts, and real-life examples. Updated for post-election developments relative to potential estate tax repeal, and the implications for planning.


  • Identify what property is included in a decedent's gross estate
  • Understand the use of trusts in an individual's gross estate
  • Calculate gift tax and estate tax liabilities
  • Be aware of various tools and techniques of transferring property with the least tax liability

Major Topics

  • Up-to-the-minute analysis of legislative changes, and planning in light of the changes
  • Complete Code section analysis of the federal estate and gift tax
  • Marital deduction planning -- Second spouse, QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, power of appointment trusts, and more
  • Credit shelter trusts and the applicable credit amount
  • Uses and techniques of life insurance
  • Tools and techniques in gifting to minors, spouses, and other family members, including uniform transfers (or gifts) to minors' accounts, education trusts, 2503(b) and (c) trusts, and more
  • Reducing taxes by charitable giving, special credits, and estate freezing techniques
  • Use of irrevocable and revocable trusts and other will substitutes
  • Impact of increase in applicable exclusion amount
  • Use of deceased spouse unused exclusion amount ('DSUEA')
  • Regs. on Estate Basis Reporting
  • Post-election developments relative to potential estate tax repeal, and the implications for planning.

Designed For

CPAs who advise clients on establishing an estate plan