What We All Need to Know about the Charitable Income Tax Deduction for Estates and Trusts

April 21, 2016

Hot Topic Webinar

Presented by Jonathan G. Blattmachr

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Although trusts and estates are primarily taxed in the same manner as individuals are taxed, one of the “big” differences relates to the charitable income tax deduction. There are potential benefits and detriments in making charitable contributions through an estate or trust. A strong argument can be made for all discretionary trusts permitting contributions to charity, as that may enhance the benefits of the deduction compared to a charitable contribution made by an individual.  This webinar will explore the charitable income tax deduction for trusts and estates and also explain how a trust or estate can obtain a charitable deduction even if the governing instrument does not provide for any payment to charity.

Jonathan G. Blattmachr, JD is a member of the Alaska, California and New York Bars, and retired partner from the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He has served as a lecturer-in-law of the Columbia University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School. He is a former Chairperson of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and of other committees of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Blattmachr is a Fellow and a former Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and past Chair of its Estate and Gift Tax Committee. He is author or co-author of over 300 articles and five books on estate and tax planning topics including a new book published by the Practicing Law Institute on Circular 230. He has been designated as a Distinguished Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Mr. Blattmachr also is a co-developer of Wealth Transfer Planning™, an InterActive Legal software system published for lawyers which provides specific client advice and automated document assembly for wills, trusts, powers of attorneys and other estate planning documents.

CLE Credits

InterActive Legal is not an approved Continuing Education Sponsor. However, several states and regulatory agencies for a variety of professionals that participate on our teleconferences may still receive continuing education credit for their participation. If a participant wishes to receive CE credit for their participation in these teleconferences, they must apply to receive credit on their own and through their individual states and regulatory authorities. It is the responsibility of the participant to file for CE credit and is not guaranteed by InterActive Legal.

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