The Florida estate tax imposes a tax upon the transfer of estates of both resident and nonresident decedents. On its face, the tax appears straightforward and, in effect, has represented a fair death tax approach. Nevertheless, the Florida estate tax contains unexpected nuances.
As client pressure to minimize legal fees continues to mount, estate planning lawyers must reexamine their billing practices. Increased computer capability has led to drafting efficiencies, which have allowed estate planners to focus more on estate tax planning and less on actual drafting. This approach affects a traditional strategy used to mitigate tfle burden of estate planning fees: deducting a portion of those fees for income tax purposes.
Underlying the basic premise of the Internal Revenue Code-the desire to raise revenue for the federal government-is a congressional desire to achieve policy objectives through the enactment of specific tax legislation.
An individual's death does not terminate federal tax return filing requirements. In fact, subsequent to a decedent's death ("postmortem") income tax returns may be required for the decedent, the decedent's estate, and certain trusts established by the decedent.