May 9, 2012
Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
721 Route 202-206
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
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Judith A. Harris Discusses Estate and Income Tax Changes on WDIY Radio
Allentown, PA (May 9, 2012) – Judith A. Harris, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., (formerly Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino), was featured as a guest on “Your Financial Choices,” a weekly radio program moderated by Laurie A. Siebert, CPA, CFP of Valley National Bank. The segment, entitled “Estate Planning and the Future of the Estate Tax”, aired on WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio on May 9, 2012. Harris is a returning guest to the show, having previously discussed matters including wills, trusts, estates and tax planning strategies on Ms. Siebert’s program in 2009 and again in 2010.
“Our listeners raised excellent questions regarding the current Federal Estate Tax and Gift and their scheduled reduction in 2013. The future of these laws is uncertain and will affect many of our listeners. Judging from the callers’ questions, I think that they now have a better understanding of the significance of the current change in tax structure, certain pitfalls, the uncertainty of future estate tax laws, and certain planning opportunities available to them. My hope is that many listeners will consider proactive tax planning before the end of 2012 as a result of our broadcast.” said Harris.
Harris, a member of the firm and chair of the Estate, Trust and Tax Practice Group of the Pennsylvania office, has over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, and estate administration.
In addition to creating estate plans for clients from the most sophisticated to the most basic wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.Harris’s practice also includes the areas of charitable trusts and foundations and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions (civil and criminal) of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits, or the resolution of collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.
In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.
Harris recently served as President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. She is a member and Vice Presdient-Elect of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.
She is currently a board member of the Allentown Symphony since 1993, and a board member and former President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc. Harris served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Board of Governors.
Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991 and her J.D. from American University in 1986. She earned her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.