Tax Reform Answers:
Addressing Accountants’ Biggest Questions

Join us and nationally renowned CPA and tax expert, Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA, for a special 90-minute presentation entitled, “Tax Reform Answers: Addressing Accountants’ Biggest Questions”.

During this informative presentation Bob will address the biggest questions that have been asked by members of the CPA profession about the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.  The presentation will include a variety of essential, and often misunderstood aspects of tax reform and suggest helpful strategies to benefit clients, including but not limited to:

  • Understanding the $157,500 limitation for trusts and why this is a tremendous opportunity
  • Designing separate trusts for children and grandchildren to optimize the 20% deduction
  • Planning for the new kiddie tax when property is held by children and grandchildren
  • Learn how 10 children and grandchildren can result in an additional $3,150,000 of limitation
  • Designing incomplete gift non-grantor trusts to utilize the $157,500 limitations
  • Designing completed gift non-grantor trusts to obtain new $157,500 limitations
  • Understanding the overall 20% deduction and the troublesome limitations
  • Planning for large and small real estate ventures
  • Why businesses should buy not lease real estate
  • Using CRTs for older real estate when the 2.5% of qualified property limitation is problematic
  • Understanding the difference between the service business and other limitations
  • Planning for service businesses such as health, law, accounting and financial planning
  • Planning for non-service businesses
  • How to use defined contribution and defined benefit plans to reduce service business income
  • Using 754 elections to create additional qualified property
  • How to redesign an entity’s capital structure to improve the 20% deduction
  • How to use IRC Section 355 to separate service and non-service ventures
  • How to separate service and non-service ventures in partnerships and LLCs
  • How to spin off real property to new entities to optimize the 20% 199A deduction

Your purchase includes: Downloadable PDF handout materials and MP3 audio recording.  A PDF transcript can be added during the checkout process for an additional fee.

  • Program Title: Tax Reform Answers: Addressing Accountants’ Biggest Questions
  • Speaker:
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Robert S. Keebler

CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA
Robert S. Keebler

Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA is a partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP and is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Accredited Estate Planners (Distinguished) award from the National Association of Estate Planning Counsels. He has been named by CPA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners in the United States and one of the Top 40 Tax Advisors to Know During a Recession. Mr. Keebler is the past Editor-in-Chief of CCH’s magazine, Journal of Retirement Planning, and a member of CCH’s Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. His practice includes family wealth transfer and preservation planning, charitable giving, retirement distribution planning, and estate administration. Mr. Keebler frequently represents clients before the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the private letter ruling process and in estate, gift and income tax examinations and appeals.

In the past 20 years, he has received over 150 favorable private letter rulings including several key rulings of “first impression.” Mr. Keebler is nationally recognized as an expert in estate and retirement planning and works collaboratively with other experts on academic reviews and papers, and client matters. Mr. Keebler is the author of over 75 articles and columns and editor, author, or co-author of many books and treatises on wealth transfer and taxation, including the Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA treatise Esperti, Peterson and Keebler/Irrevocable Trusts: Analysis with Forms.

Mr. Keebler is a member of the editorial board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals “Keeping Current” series. He is a featured columnist for CCH’s Taxes Magazine – “Family Tax Planning Forum,” Steve Leimberg’s “News of the Week Newsletter” and the Bureau of National Affairs Tax Division. Bob also had his article “Is That Your ‘Final’ Answer?” published in Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. Bob frequently is quoted in national publications such as New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Barrons, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor, Forbes, Kiplinger, Lawyer’s Weekly, On Wall Street, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wealth Manager and Worth in addition to many local and regional newspapers.

He is a frequent speaker for legal, accounting, insurance and financial planning groups throughout the United States at seminars and conferences on advanced IRA distribution strategies, estate planning and trust administration topics including the AICPA’s Advanced Estate Planning, Personal Financial Planning Conference and Tax Strategies for the High Income Individual Conference.

Mr. Keebler graduated (cum laude) from Lakeland College with a degree in Accountancy and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Masters in Taxation. Before practicing in Northeastern Wisconsin, he practiced with Price Waterhouse where he concentrated in taxation.


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