Estate Planning in Livingston, NJ

There are many situations where an experienced, qualified, and licensed appraisal expert is needed to determine the retrospective “Fair Market Value” (FMV appraisal) of real property in an estate as of the date of death. Many estates consist of a portfolio of commercial, industrial, and residential real estate that require a stepped up real property tax basis for IRS tax filing purposes. Determining fair market value of an estate as of the date of death can establish this basis. In addition, a valuation expert can assist in determining the appraised value of fractional ownership interests of the estate.

Apart from calculating estate taxes, qualified appraisals are also used for estate planning purposes. Value Research Group has prepared hundreds of appraisals for tax saving vehicles such as Family Limited Partnerships (FLP’s), Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT Trust), Like-Kind Exchanges, Delaware Statutory Trust (DLT), etc.


IRS Estate Tax Rules

The Internal Revenue Service has included the definitions of “qualified appraisal” and “qualified appraiser” in its newly issued final regulations relating to the amount deductible from a decedent’s gross estate for claims against the estate under section 2053(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. According to the IRS’ Estate Tax Rules, the “qualified appraisal” (value) of each claim must be performed by a “qualified appraiser.”

As provided in the latest IRS final regulations, the definitions of “qualified appraisal” and “qualified appraiser” in regard to Estate Tax Rules have been married with the definition the IRS provided for noncash charitable contributions, which the agency originally issued as Notice 2006-96 in October 2006. Per Notice 2006-96, the IRS defines “qualified appraisal” as a document that:

  • Is made, signed and dated by a qualified appraiser (defined below) in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards
  • Meets the relevant requirements of Regulations section 1.170A-13(c)(3) and Notice 2006-96, 2006-46 I.R.B. 902 (available at
  • Relates to an appraisal made not earlier than 60 days before the date of contribution of the appraised property
  • Does not involve a prohibited appraisal fee
  • Includes certain information, such as a property description, terms of the sale agreement, appraiser identification information, date of valuation and valuation methods employed, among other requirements.

The IRS defined qualified appraiser as an individual who:

  • Has earned an appraisal designation from a recognized professional appraisal organization (such as the Appraisal Institute, ASFMRA, NAIFA, ASA, etc. ) or has met certain minimum education and experience requirements
  • Regularly prepares appraisals for which the individual is paid
  • Demonstrates verifiable education and experience in valuing the type of property being appraised
  • Has not been prohibited from practicing before the IRS under section 330(c) of Title 31 of the United States Code at any time during the three-year period ending on the date of the appraisal
  • Is not an excluded individual (someone who is the donor or recipient of the property).


Qualified Appraisers in Livingston, NJ

The professionals at Value Research Group are all “Qualified Appraisers” and have extensive experience in preparing appraisals for estate planning and taxation purposes. We are connected with attorneys and accountants specializing in estate tax planning and business valuation experts who specialize in valuing partial interests. Contact us today to let us help you protect your assets and transfer your wealth on your terms.