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Neil I. Rumbak

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Associate Editor
Attorney at Rumbak Law, P.A., Pompano Beach, Florida
nrumbak@rumbaklaw.com

Education
University of Miami School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, with International Certification, 2008.
University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2006
University of Florida, B.A. in Criminology, 2003

Neil joined the Wealth Strategies Journal in 2009.

After receiving his LL.M. in Taxation, Neil worked in an international tax law firm, where he advised clients on tax planning, voluntary disclosure matters, and foreign bank account reporting. Neil currently is a shareholder in Rumbak Law, P.A., in Pompano Beach, Florida, and, in this position, practices estate planning, tax, real estate, and corporate law.

Neil is a member of the Florida Bar.

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PLR 201015003 from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on April 20, 2010 6:39 PM

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Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Judd Gregg issued a release that criticizes the Senate Democrats' fiscal year 2011 budget resolution. Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

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The IRS has submitted various forms for OMB review and comments.  See also Forms Submitted for OMB Review, 2010 TNT 79-127, April 26, 2010 Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

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Evan Liddiard, senior tax policy advisor to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, said at the S Corporations session of the ABA Section of Taxation meeting that a proposal in the extenders package to categorize carried interest as ordinary income (instead of... Read More

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A May 5, 2010 Congressional Research Service report examined the expiration and extension of 2001 and 2003 individual income tax cuts.  The following is the text of the report:" Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplo... Read More

According to James Hogan, Branch 4 Chief, IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries, who spoke at a Fiduciary Income Tax session at the meeting of the ABA Tax Section, the IRS and Treasury is close to... Read More

The U.S. Tax Court has issued a memorandum.  In the memorandum, the tax court determines the value of a couple's interests in a vacation home transferred to a qualified personal residence trust, and it agrees with the IRS that the... Read More

Conrad Teitell, principal at Cummings & Lockwood LLC, in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his concern regarding, and provided specific examples of, the uncertainty of the current state of the estate and gift tax law.  He als... Read More

The Tax Court has issued a memorandum that held that a group of warehouse companies are not includible in a decedent's estate.  Though the decedent help run the companies, which his brother owned, he had neither the financial burdens of,... Read More

HR 5029, the Economic Freedom Act of 2010, if enacted will offer numerous tax breaks.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

According to House Ways and Means Committee member Chris Van Hollen, Congress may consider temporarily extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for those taxpayers with incomes under $250,000.  See Eric Kroh, "Middle-Income Tax Extension May Be Tempor... Read More

The Tax Court issued a memorandum that held that the step transaction doctrine applied in a situation in which a donor transferred interests in an LLC.  The Court also determined valuation discounts.See also Step Transaction Doctrine Applies in Gi... Read More

Lobbyists told Tax Analysts that Congressmen are searching for at least $60 million in savings from the "estate tax code" to offset lower estate tax rates and a higher exemption amount.  The article also mentions that John Kyl, Chuck Grassley,... Read More

IRS Releases Statistics of Income Bulletin from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on May 18, 2010 1:09 PM

The IRS has released the Spring 2010 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin. Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201019002, the IRS granted an extension to an estate's executor to make an alternate valuation election under Section 2032.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

Citizens for Tax Justice issued a release that argued that extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts would help the richest taxpayers but would not assist job creation.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201019006 and PLR 201019007, the IRS ruled that Sections 2702(a)(1) and 2702(a)(2) will not apply to a proposed amendment and restatement of trusts.  It also ruled that upon executing the amendment and restatement of the trust, the grantors... Read More

In PLR 201019012, the IRS ruled that Sections 2702(a)(1) and 2702(a)(2) will not apply to a proposed amendment and restatement of trusts.  It also ruled that upon executing the amendment and restatement of the trust, the grantor's daughters will e... Read More

Senate Finance Committee Member John Kyl said that he reached an agreement with Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus on some of the details of a proposal for estate tax reform.  Kyl said that they have agreed that the top rate... Read More

Gary True of Summers Compton Wells requested guidance from the IRS on "handling estates of decedents dying during 2010 and prior to the reenactment of the estate tax, if that occurs."  Mr. True specifically requested guidance on how to "record... Read More

Alan Einhorn, on behalf on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, corresponded with the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") in regards to foreign bank account reporting requirements.  Einhorn specifically re... Read More

SEC Recommends Tax Modifications from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on May 18, 2010 9:52 PM

A report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recommended twelve tax modifications.  See also SEC Report Recommends Tax Modifications, 2010 TNT 95-31, May 18, 2010. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer... Read More

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released the text of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act.  The Act goal is to achieve the following: Provide tax relief to businesses ... Read More

SEC Recommends Tax Modifications from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on May 21, 2010 6:50 PM

A report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recommended twelve tax modifications.  See also SEC Report Recommends Tax Modifications, 2010 TNT 95-31, May 18, 2010.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Ed... Read More

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax, in a letter to senators, argued that reducing the estate tax is the "wrong policy priority and the wrong fiscal policy."  The following is the text of the letter: Normal 0 false false false... Read More

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities opined that a proposal in the Senate to further raise the estate tax exemption amount from $3.5 million to $5 million for an individual and lower the maximum rate from 45 percent to... Read More

PLR: IRS Grants Extension to Make QTIP Election from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on May 24, 2010 11:40 PM

In PLR 201020002, the IRS granted an executor an extension under 2056(b)(7) to make a qualified terminable interest property election.See also Extension Granted to Make QTIP Election, 2010 TNT 99-37, May 24, 2010.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associat... Read More

In PLR 201020001, the IRS ruled on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax effects of judicial reformation of two testamentary trusts. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ tabl... Read More

In PLR 201020001, the IRS ruled on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax effects of judicial reformation of two testamentary trusts.See also IRS Addresses Estate, Gift, GST Tax Consequences of Trust Reformations, 2010 TNT 99-37, May 24... Read More

Tax Notes has published an article by Robert J. Jackson and William B. Weatherford of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  The article examines issues that arise regarding the IRS's allowance of some tax-exempt entities and investment partnerships to avoi... Read More

In ILM 201020009, the IRS concluded that Section 2035(b) does not apply to a non-resident, non-U.S.citizen's payment of gift tax within three years of his death, and the amount of the payment is thus not includable in his U.S. estate. ... Read More

Guidance on Basis for Collectibles Suggested from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on May 28, 2010 1:42 PM

Frank Berall of Copp & Berall LLP has submitted to Treasury comments in regards to carryover basis.  He suggests that instead of assuming zero basis for collectibles, the IRS should provide means for determining their basis.   See al... Read More

The House Ways and Means Committee has released an updated summary of the 'Extenders' Bill, H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.  This act would include tax relief provisions and tax credits for COBRA premiums.... Read More

The United States District Court, District of New Jersey, ruled that the IRS abused its discretion in denying an estate's extension request to file its tax return, and that the estate's extension request should have been granted for good and... Read More

In PLR 201021037, the IRS granted a waiver of the 60-day rollover requirement in Section 402(c)(3) for a distribution from a qualified retirement plan.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201021012, the IRS granted an extension pursuant to Section 2642(g) to allocate GST exemptions to transfers to trusts.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

PLR 201021045: IRS Grants from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on June 2, 2010 12:30 PM

In PLR 201021045, the IRS ruled that ownership of voting common stock by an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) and classified as a foundation in Section 509(a) will not constitute excess business holdings under Section 4943 if the organization... Read More

In an email, the IRS advised the brother of a decedent that in order to obtain the amount assessed to the decedent, the brother must "open an estate for the decedent and have the brother seek appointment as executor/administrator.  Then... Read More

Senator Finance Committee Ranking Minority Member Chuck Grassley, in a conference call with reporters, blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for uncertainty regarding the future of the estate tax.  Grassley mentioned that the Senate Finance Com... Read More

The IRS has requested from the public comments concerning LR-209-76 (TD 7491), Special Lien for Estate Taxes Deferred Under Section 6166 or 6166A (Section 301.6324A-1)Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

Speakers at the Federal Bar Association's 22nd annual Insurance Tax Seminar mentioned that lawmakers are struggling to address the U.S.'s growing deficit, while providing tax benefits to taxpayers.  The speakers added that potential tax reform is ... Read More

PLR 201022004: QTIP Election Null and Void from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on June 8, 2010 12:14 PM

In PLR 201022004, the IRS ruled that for federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes, a qualified terminable interest property election was null and void.See also QTIP Election Is Voided for Estate, Gift, GST Tax Purposes, ... Read More

In PLR 201022001, the IRS ruled that a testamentary trust established for the benefit of charitable organizations and a political subdivision will qualify for an estate tax charitable deduction under Section 2055.     See also Trust Will... Read More

In PLR 201022002, the IRS granted an estate an extension of time to elect to deduct qualified family owned business interests under Section 2057(b)(1)(B).  See also Extension Granted to Elect to Deduct Qualified Family-Owned Business Interest... Read More

In PLR 201022003, the IRS granted an extension to a married couple so that they could allocate their generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions to several trusts.   See also Extension Granted to Allocate GSTT Exemptions, 2010 TNT&n... Read More

In emailed advice, the IRS ruled that not all estates have to file federal tax returns.  Nevertheless, an executor who paid taxes and did not receive a refund from the service may be reimbursed by the estate.  The following is... Read More

H.R. 5495, the Family Farm and Estate Tax Relief Act of 2010, would exempt land that is in use from the estate tax.  It would also increase the amount excluded from gross estate to $5 million for land that is... Read More

Senate Finance Committee member John Kyl says that he is very close to gathering sixty necessary votes to pass a bill that would establish the estate tax top rate at 35 percent and the exemption level at $5 million.  See Sam... Read More

IRS Request Comments on Form 706 from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on June 11, 2010 9:53 PM

The IRS has asked for comments on Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal. ... Read More

Tax Court Denies Rental Activity Deductions from Wealth Strategies Journal 2.0 (Beta) on June 14, 2010 8:39 PM

The Tax Court issued a memorandum that held nondeductible certain deductions that taxpayer sought in regards to his rental activities.See also Tax Court Denies Deductions Related to Individual's Rental Activities, 2010 TNT 112-9, June 11, 2010.Posted b... Read More

The Investment Company Institute issued to Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service  the correspondence below.  This correspondence requested guidance on issues affecting regulated investment companies and their shareholders.  The follo... Read More

William Sweetnam, Jr., and Louis T. Mazawey of Groom Law Group, Chartered, have issued to the IRS the correspondence below that requests that the IRS include on its 2010-2011 Guidance Priority List guidance that exempts tax exempt retirement plans from... Read More

The Congressional Research Service updated a report so that it could address recent proposals that deal with reinstatement of the estate tax.  The following is the full text of the update of the report: Jane G. Gravelle Senior Specialist in... Read More

An individual has requested guidance regarding the application of 1022(b)(2) to assets acquired from a decent dying after December 31, 2009 if those assets were held in decedent's qualified revocable trust on the date of death. Posted by Neil... Read More

In a floor speech, Senate Finance Committee ranking minority member Chuck Grassley attacked the senate's inaction on estate tax reform.   Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal. ... Read More

Michigan attorney, Alex Miller, writes that the definition of retirement is a hot topic.  In an unpublished opinion in the matter of Nardi v. Satellite Servs., Inc., the Court of Appeals took on the issue of defining retirement. As a... Read More

Joseph J. Thorndike, in "Moments in Tax History: Stealing Huey's Thunder," examines President Roosevelt's plan to increase the inheritance tax and individual tax, and to provide a new graduated rate structure for the corporate tax.  See Josep... Read More

In response to IRS guidance, the ABA Section of Taxation Teaching Tax committee has undergone a project to review community property issues, and to submit to the IRS comments, related to registered domestic partnerships.See "ABA Forms Group to Exa... Read More

In PLR 201024008, the IRS, ruling on an individual's disposition of an interest in a marital trust, held that the individual, upon the distribution of trust property, will have made net gifts of the remainder interest and of his qualifying... Read More

In PLR 201024035, the IRS ruled that a qualified terminable interest property election is null and void for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes.  See also QTIP Election Is Voided for Estate, Gift, GST Purposes, 2010&n... Read More

In PLR 201024026, the IRS ruled that divided trusts and divided charitable subtrusts are exempt from generation-skipping transfer tax, the division will not cause any transfer subject to gift tax, and the division will not cause assets of the divided... Read More

In PLRs 201024017; 201024018; 201024019; 201024020; 201024021; 201024022; 201024023; 201024024 the IRS ruled on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax consequences of proposed mergers of their trusts and their subtrusts.  Posted by... Read More

In PLR 201024029, the IRS ruled on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax consequences of the division of a trust and charitable subtrust.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201024006, the IRS granted an extension to a widow and estate so that they can allocate their available generation-skipping transfer tax exemption to two trusts.See also Extension Granted to Allocate GSTT Exemptions, 2010 TNT 118-... Read More

In PLRs 201024009 and 201024010, the IRS granted extension to individuals to allocate available generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions to transfers to trusts.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201024012, the IRS held that Section 2702(a)(1) and 2702(a)(2) will not apply to a proposed amendment and restatement of a trust if certain requirements are met.  Upon the execution of the amendment and restatement, the son of the... Read More

In PLR 201024005, the IRS held that a transfer of qualified replacement property by a taxpayer to his spouse in a divorce settlement constituted a gift under Section 1042(e)(3).Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In ECC 201024059, emailed advice, the IRS held that gift tax on a transfer of closely-held business stock may be assessed at any time if information that the donor provided on the gift tax return did not meet the dislosure... Read More

In ECC 201024053, the IRS held that an irrevocable trust should file Form 1041 for years in which the irrevocable trust has income.  The IRS also held that if the irrevocable trust is a grantor trust, it may avail itself... Read More

In PLR 201024011, the IRS ruled that a state's restated deferred compensation plan constitutes an eligible deferred compensation plan as defined in Section 457(b), and the amounts of compensation deferred in accordance with the terms of the plan will b... Read More

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer indicated that a permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for middle income taxpayers is not certain and should be considered only after Congress agrees on a long-term deficit reduction plan.See Eric K... Read More

As the American public becomes increasingly concerned with fiscal problems, taxwriters are struggling to find ways to address these concerns without considering tax increases.See Meg Shreve, "Lobbyists See No Easy Answers for Revenue Raisers This ... Read More

In a June 22, 2010 speech, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer mentioned that a serious discussion is necessary in regards to the effects of a possible permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak,... Read More

Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would reinstate both the estate and generation skipping transfer taxes.  He also issued a press release regarding the introduction of the bill.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, We... Read More

A United for a Fair Economy press release expressed support for the "Responsible Estate Tax Act" that Senator Bernie Sanders introduced.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal. ... Read More

In PLR 201026005, the IRS ruled that a reformation of a charitable remainder unitrust does not constitute self dealing under Section 4941.  Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201026014, the IRS ruled that a proposed judicial construction of a trust will not affect the generation-skipping transfer tax-exempt status of the trust. See also IRS rules on GSTT Consequences of Proposed Judicial Construction of Tru... Read More

In PLR 201026019, the IRS granted a husband and wife an extension to allocate their available generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions to transfers to trusts.   Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201026018, the IRS ruled on the generation-skipping transfer tax consequences of a division and modification of a trust.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.... Read More

In PLR 201026021, the IRS granted an extension to an individual so that the individual could allocate an available generation-skipping transfer tax exemption to transfers to a trust.Posted by Neil I. Rumbak, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Jou... Read More

The IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division ("SB/SE") has issued guidance to SB/SE's employees on statutory notices of deficiency in cases when an estate or gift tax examination has more than 210 days remaining on the statute of limitations. &nb... Read More

An amendment to an emergency supplemental appropriations bill contains provisions that address terms for grantor-retained annuity trusts and biofuel.  The following is the text of the amendment to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill:"AM... Read More

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by Neil Rumbak (Associate Editor) of various practitioners in the fields of asset protection, estate planning, and taxation, among others.PRACTITIONER PROFILE: LISA M. STERN OF PROSKA... Read More

Practitioner Profile: Sanford J. Schlesinger of Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLPInterview by Neil Rumbak, Associate Editor and Attorney at Rumbak Law, P.A.1) What do you enjoy most about your work?I enjoy the intellectual challenge of law and the ... Read More