Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (“CLATs”) constitute the most potent and best-fit estate and gift planning arrangement for many affluent taxpayers. The 100% of AGI charitable deduction that is available in 2020, the ability to withdraw money from an IRA and donate all of the amounts received to charity under the 100% of AGI rule, and possible reduction of the estate tax exemption in 2026 or sooner makes the determination of if and when to use a CLAT as opposed to other options or in conjunction therewith, an important decision.
Alan S. Gassman, J.D., LL.M., is a board-certified estate planning and trust lawyer who practices in Clearwater, Florida. He has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida and practices in trust and estate planning, tax, wealth preservation, and the representation of physicians and medical practices.
Mr. Gassman speaks at many tax conferences, national programs, and webinar platforms, including Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting and the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute.
Brandon Ketron is an associate at the law firm of Gassman, Crotty, and Denicola, P.A. and practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Tax, and Corporate and Business Law. Brandon graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2016, where he received his LLM in Taxation. He received his JD from Stetson University College of Law and graduated cum laude. Brandon received his undergraduate degree from Roanoke College, where he graduated cum laude with a Business Administration degree and concentrations in accounting and finance. Brandon is licensed to practice law in Florida and is a licensed CPA in Florida and Virginia.
Michael A. Lehmann advises tax-exempt organizations on a wide variety of global tax matters. He has extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations, including healthcare providers, social services agencies, alcohol and substance abuse centers, scientific research organizations, religious organizations, museums, trade associations, private foundations, arts, community development, and social welfare organizations. Mr. Lehmann counsels clients on obtaining and maintaining federal, state, and local tax-exemption; obtaining real property tax exemption; executive compensation; joint ventures and partnerships between non-profit and for-profit organizations; employee benefits; tax disputes, audits, controversies, and protests involving the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the New York City Department of Finance.
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