Katz, Look & Onorato has been named as a finalist in the 17th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Awards for Industrials Deal of the Year Category for Partner Brian Onorato's work on behalf of a client of the firm.

The firm is proud to congratulate Brian for his work on behalf of his client company.

Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C., is happy to congratulate Partner, Klaralee R.Charlton, who was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Denver Bar Association.  Klaralee is a very active member of both the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.   Click Here to View the Article from "The Docket" - August/September, 2017


Katz Look & Onorato, Firm Newsletter, August 2017

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Colorado Bar Association - Senior Law Day is Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon.  For details, please click the link below:

Senior Law Day 2017

Our office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3 & 4, 2017.  You may send us a message via our website and it will be forwarded to the appropriate party.  We will do our best to reach you in the event of an emergency.

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C.

June 2017 Newsletter Topics:   

Are Calls from the "IRS" Real ? by Klaralee R. Charlton

Are Your Kids Covered if You're Away ?  (What You Need to Know About a Colorado Power of Attorney For Temporary Guardianship of a Minor Child) by Tanja W. Leung)

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Klaralee R. Charlton will be presenting during this Continuing Legal Education seminar through Stafford Publishing.


Form 1041 Reporting of Pecuniary Property-in-Kind Distributions: Tax Impact on Trusts and Estates

Tax Treatment of Formula Bequests, Distributions of Substitute Property to Satisfy Pecuniary Provisions, and Section 643(e) Elections

A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (in 5 days) 
1:00pm-2:50pm EDT, 10:00am-11:50am PDT

This webinar will provide tax professionals who advise fiduciaries in trust and estate matters with a thorough and practical guide to reporting pecuniary property-in-kind distributions from trusts and estates on Form 1041. The panel will discuss proper reporting for property substitutions to meet pecuniary bequests, pecuniary formulas, and available tax elections to optimally apportion gain recognition. The program will also offer specific illustrations of the tax calculations and reporting of property distributions to meet pecuniary designations.


A pecuniary bequest is defined as a grant of a specified sum of money from a trust or estate. In its simplest form, a pecuniary bequest consists of a distribution of an amount of cash or a specific asset designated in the trust or estate document. Payment of a pecuniary bequest represents an exception to the general rule that trust or estate distributions carry out estate income to the beneficiary to the extent of DNI.

However, when assets have to be sold to meet the pecuniary amount, or when the amount is specified as a formula, this can create significant tax issues for the trust. When an executor or trustee substitutes an asset for a property named in a will or trust, the income does not carry out to the beneficiary, and the gain is recognized at the fiduciary level. Similarly, in the case of formula pecuniary bequests, the language of the trust document or will determines the tax reporting treatment.

Formula pecuniary bequests also affect GST tax consequences in funding trusts and distributions to beneficiaries. As the federal estate tax exemption has increased substantially so that few U.S. estates are subject to estate taxation, NRA estates, with only a $60,000 U.S. asset exemption, deserve special care with pecuniary bequests being made to beneficiaries, especially ones with foreign beneficiaries.

Fiduciaries may elect to recognize gains on distributions at the estate or trust level with proper reporting. It is critical for tax advisers, trustees and estate administrators to understand the rules and planning opportunities of pecuniary bequests to avoid costly tax results as well as beneficiary challenges.

Our panel will provide tax professionals who advise fiduciaries in trust and estate matters with a practical and comprehensive guide for the tax treatment governing in-kind property pecuniary bequest distributions.


  1. Default rule for treatment of pecuniary bequest distributions
  2. Distribution of substitute property
  3. Sale of assets to satisfy pecuniary bequest distribution provisions
  4. Formula pecuniary bequests
  5. Using IRA or other IRD assets to satisfy pecuniary bequest
  6. Section 643(e)(3) elections


The panel will discuss these and other important topics:

  • What language in formula pecuniary bequest provisions will trigger gain recognition by the fiduciary?
  • Treatment of interest income on funding pecuniary bequests
  • Mechanics of sale/exchange treatment on distribution of appreciated property to satisfy a pecuniary bequest provision
  • Section 643(e)(3) election to recognize gain or loss on property distribution at the fiduciary level
  • Form 1041 reporting of in-kind distributions to satisfy pecuniary bequests

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify property distributions that do not qualify as pecuniary bequests that receive income carry-out treatment
  • Recognize the circumstances where it is advantageous to make a Section 643(e)(3) election for distributions of property
  • Discern the specific reporting requirements on Form 1041 for distributions of property other than identified assets to satisfy pecuniary bequests
  • Determine the proper reporting treatment for distributions of IRA amounts and other income in respect of a decedent (IRD) assets to satisfy pecuniary bequests


Lawrence H. McNamara, Jr., CPA, FVS, TEP
Bend, Ore.

Mr. McNamara has over forty years of experience practicing in the areas of trust, estate, gift and inheritance taxation. He has extensive trust and estate accounting and administrative services experience. In addition to consultation and tax preparation services, he successfully represents clients in tax audits and has been engaged as the U.S. agent to represent foreign trustees and executors in tax return filings and communications with IRS and other tax authority representatives. He also performs fiduciary accounting services for clients.

Klaralee R. Charlton, J.D., LL.M.
Katz Look & Onorato, Denver

Ms. Charlton practices fiduciary tax, estate administration, and business transactional law. As part of her practice, she guides clients through the process of administering an estate including the collection, valuation, management and transfer of assets including financial accounts, real estate, and business interests with a focus on minimizing estate and income tax liability. She also works closely with trustees of ongoing trusts to ensure compliance and prepares clients’ fiduciary income tax returns annually. She writes and lectures on topics including fiduciary income tax reporting and U.S. regulations governing the valuation of small family businesses.

Registration per Person for Live Event

Additional lines for this conference can be purchased at 25% off. For orders of five or more lines, further discounts will apply and will be automatically reflected in the cart.

Live Webinar $73.50

Includes 50% off with Special Offer

Live Webinar & CPE Processing $108.50

Includes Live Webinar 50% off with Special Offer

CPE per Person on Live Event

Continuing Professional Education credit processing is available for an additional fee. CPE processing must be ordered prior to the event. To qualify for CPE you may not listen via the telephone.

This program is eligible for 2.0 CPE credits. Click for NASBA details.

NOTE: CPE credit processing for all attendees must be ordered by 2pm Eastern the day of the program to receive a Certificate of Attendance within 24 hours.


Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C., proudly announces that Attorneys Krista K. Look and Klaralee R. Charlton were named Shareholders of the firm on April 14, 2017.  Please see their individual biographical sketches for detailed descriptions of their practice areas.  Both are happy to assist you with any of your legal needs.  You may reach them by calling our office at 303.832.1900


Top Tax Reminders for Seniors, by Klaralee R. Charlton

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The Colorado Bar Association, Tax Section, is hosting a free workshop for small business owners.  Klaralee Charlton, of Katz, Look & Onorato, will be one of the panelists. 

Self-Employed Tax Workshop Saturday, February 4 • 10:30 am, Perrin Room Do you have a small business? Maybe you have a blossoming hobby or you’re an Uber driver or an AirBnB host? Join us for a free income tax workshop for small business owners. Tax attorneys from the Colorado Bar Association will answer questions and explain filing and reporting requirements for small business owners. For questions or to RSVP in advance contact Klaralee Charlton via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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