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Senate Passes House Highway Bill with "Basis Consistency" Provision

Friday, July 31, 2015

By a vote of 91 to 4, the Senate yesterday passed H.R. 114-3236, extending federal highway funding through October 29. The measure includes a provision that would require that the reporting of basis in property acquired from a decedent be consistent with that reported on an estate tax return.

2014 Filings Show Continuing Downward Trend on Excise Taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Data posted by the Statistics of Income Division at IRS on Form 4720 filings for calendar 2014 show a continuing downward trend in the number of returns filed and in amounts of excise taxes collected.

More Developments in Ongoing (c)(4) Controversy

Friday, July 31, 2015

This week saw several developments in the continuing controversy over IRS' handling of applications from political action groups for 501(c)(4) exempt status.

Highway Bill Includes "Basis Consistency" Provision

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Among the revenue offsets included in the House bill extending federal highway funding through October 29, which passed yesterday on a vote of 385 to 34, includes a provision that would require that the reporting of basis in property acquired from a decedent be consistent with that reported on an estate tax return.

Donor Advised Fund Lets Couple See Charitable Benefits During Lifetime

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This case study illustrates the use of a donor advised fund to enable a donor to "test drive" a substantial gift to charities.

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