IRS to Eliminate Discounts in Family Business Valuations?

For years, President Obama has had a proposal to restrict or eliminate valuation discounts for transfers of interests in family-owned businesses included in his budget proposal since his election. However, in its most recent budget, this proposal was missing. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily mean that the topic has been forgotten or ignored. Instead, the move is now in Treasury’s hands. The IRS has always maintained the position that it has the authority to restrict or eliminate valuation discounts through regulation. Rumor has it that the IRS will be issuing regulations to Code Section 2704(b)(4) which will eliminate the allowance of discounts for lack of control and marketability in transfers of interests in family-owned businesses. If this is true, gift and estate tax planning should be done sooner rather than later in order to not miss the window of opportunity that still exists.

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