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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Bracket Management Strategies

#1:  Bracket Management
#2:  Capital Gain Harvesting
#3:  Harvesting Capital Losses
#4:  Trusts as S Corporation Shareholders: ESBT vs. QSST

Chapter 2: Income Smoothing Strategies

#5:  Substantial Sale Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
#6:  Retirement Charitable Remainder Trust
#7:  Roth IRA Conversions
#8:  Oil and Gas Investments
#9:  Two-Year Installment Sale Strategy
#10:  Nonqualified Tax Deferred Annuities
#11:  Borrowing from Permanent Life Insurance Policies

Chapter 3: Income Shifting Strategies

#12:  Income Shifting Charitable Remainder Trust
#13:  Family Limited Partnership (FLP)

Chapter 4: Reducing Taxable Income Strategies

#14:  Tax-Aware Investing
#15:  Incomplete Gift, Non-Grantor (ING) Trusts
#16:  Captive Insurance Companies

Chapter 5: Specific Net Investment Income Tax Strategies

#17:  Inter Vivos Charitable Lead Annuity Trust (CLAT)
#18:  Grouping Business Activities to Create Material Participation and Avoid the NIIT
#19:  Choice of Filing Status to Avoid the 3.8% NIIT

Chapter 6: Wealth Transfer Strategies

#20:  Intra-Family Loans
#21:  Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT)
#22:  Dynasty Trust
#23:  IDGT Sale
#24:  Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT)
#25:  Spousal Limited Access Trusts

Chapter 7: IRC Section 199A Planning

#26:  IRC § 199A Overview
#27:  Managing IRC § 199A Limitation Amounts
#28:  Choice of Entity Decision After the TCJA–Converting a Pass-Through Entity to a C Corporation
#29:  Using Multiple Trusts to Enhance the Benefits of IRC § 199A
#30:  Aggregating Trades or Businesses to Increase the § 199A Deduction

Chapter 8: Ten More Must Know Strategies for 2019

#31:  Trust Decanting
#32:  S-Election to Save Employment Taxes
#34:  Trusts Named as IRA Beneficiaries
#35:  Sale to an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT) with a Self-Cancelling Installment Note (SCIN) Hedge
#36:  Qualified Small Business Stock
#37:  Opportunity Zones
#38:  Puerto Rico Tax Incentives
#39:  Timing the NQSO Exercise Decision
#40:  Cost Segregation