Due Week 10 and worth 150 points

Suppose you are a CPA, and your client has requested advice regarding establishing an irrevocable trust for his two (2) grandchildren. He wants the income from the trust paid to the children for 20 years and the principal distributed to the children at the end of 20 years.

Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research the rules regarding irrevocable trusts, gift tax, and estate tax. Be sure to use the six (6) step tax research process in Chapter 1 and demonstrated in Appendix A of your textbook as a guide for your written response.

Write a one to two (1-2) page letter in which you:

  1. Analyze the effect of an irrevocable trust on the gift tax and future estate taxes.
  2. Suggest other significant alternatives that the client could use both to reduce estate tax and to maximize potential advantages of the payment of gift taxes on transfers of property.
  3. Use the six (6) step tax research process, located in Chapter 1 and demonstrated in Appendix A of the textbook, to record your research for communications to the client.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Prepare client, internal, and administrative documents that appropriately convey the results of tax research and planning.
  • Create an approach to tax research that results in credible and current resources.
  • Analyze tax issues regarding the gift tax and the estate tax.
  • Analyze tax issues regarding trusts and estates.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in organizational tax research and planning.
  • Write clearly and concisely about organizational tax research and planning using proper writing mechanics.



Dear Mr. ZSE,

I hope you are doing well. As per our last meeting in which you had mentioned about forming a trust for your grandchildren and your confusion about it, I am writing this letter to you to inform you about certain things. I hope by the end of this letter, you will be able to find solution to your query.

Some Common Facts

The trust you had shown interest in was irrevocable trust so I will brief you about it by presenting some facts related to it. In irrevocable trust, the person forming the trust loses his ownership interest in the assets he aims to transfer to another party. The generator of the trust also loses the chance of revoking the trust provisions before finalizing it in an irrevocable trust. This makes irrevocable trust different from revocable trust along with other factors. You will not be able to reverse the provisions of this trust once they are decided. On the other hand, you will be able to transfer as much of your assets to your grandchildren as you like given that the trust have no limitation on that. This will enable you to save yourself from taxes on property. Irrevocable trust will also enable you to transfer $5 million to your grandchildren in future and this will be exempted from tax. You may also transfer up to $14000 to the trust annually which will not be taxed as well.


There are many issues with irrevocable trust. Clients forget that this type of trust is not


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