Closely Held Family Entities in Grave Danger: Minority Interest and Lack of Marketability Discounts About to Disappear?
While it will take some time to fully digest and analyze the proposed regulations, the crux of the matter is that the Treasury department has issued proposed regulations which appear to eliminate almost all minority/lack of control discounts for closely held interests, certainly including family entities. Such discounts are, to the mind of many practitioners, appropriate because they reflect the reality that a partial ownership interest is worth less than its proportional share of the total business. Additionally, the minority discounts are a powerful tool that is widely used to reduce valuation of property; thereby, allowing it to be more tax efficiently moved to younger generations. In other words, a powerful estate planning tool might no longer be viable.
Again, while it will take some time to fully digest, it’s safe to say that advisors and taxpayers need to fully consider the possible implications and whether it makes sense to execute considered plans this calendar year. The Treasury is holding a hearing on December 1, 2016, and stated that the final regulations won’t take effect until at least 30 days after finalization. That timeframe does not leave a lot of time to formulate and carry out advanced planning.
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