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John M. Collins

John M. Collins

Senior Counsel

Expertise

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • ESOPs and Other Stock-Based Plans
  • Executive and Incentive Compensation
  • Family Office

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Haynes and Boone
Texas, U.S.A.

Profile
John Collins has more than 40 years experience in several areas of tax practice, including estate planning, family wealth planning, charitable organizations, and employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He has been recognized as one of the best trusts and estates lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners (2010-2017, 2019); a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2018); and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Employee Benefits Law and Trusts and Estates (2005-2019). John is AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

John is a contributor to Haynes and Boone's Practical Benefits Lawyer blog, which discusses issues and developments in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Bar Admissions

California
Texas

Education

J.D., University of Texas, 1975 with honors; Texas Law Review 1973-1975
B.A., Duke University, 1972 with honors
Areas of Practice

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | ESOPs and Other Stock-Based Plans | Executive and Incentive Compensation | Family Office | Family Wealth and Estate Planning | Fiduciary Disputes | Retirement Plans | Tax-Exempt Organizations and Private Foundations | Trust and Estate Administration

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Estate and personal tax planning for individuals and families, including succession planning for closely-held businesses, establishment of charitable trusts and foundations, and family limited partnerships.

Family wealth planning, including the numerous sophisticated strategies to minimize estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes.

Representing public charities and private foundations in connection with governance issues, unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), conflicts of interest, and other tax and exemption issues.

Employment agreements, severance agreements, code section 162(m) and golden parachute issues, and incentive bonus plans.

Design and implementation of all types of equity compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, ESOPs, qualified employee stock purchase plans, phantom stock, and stock appreciation rights.

Planning transactions involving the use of ESOPs in corporate finance and restructuring, representing and advising fiduciaries, and representing borrowers and lenders in pension plan transactions.

Professional Associations

    American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Articles

Unique Estate Planning Opportunities Amid COVID-19 Due to Depressed Markets and Historically Low Interest Rates
Haynes and Boone, May 2020

The historically low interest rates recently announced by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the depressed value of certain assets offer opportunities for estate planning techniques that can reduce the cost of transferring wealth to younger generations. The federal estate and gift tax exemption for 2020 is $11,580,000 per person ($23,160,000 for a married couple)...

IRS Extends April 15 Payment and Filing Date For Estate Taxes and Exempt Organizations Due to COVID-19 Emergency
Haynes and Boone, April 2020

The IRS issued Notice 2020-23 on April 9, 2020, which amplifies Notice 2020-18 and Notice 2020-20 (see our prior coverage here) and provides additional relief to affected taxpayers. In this Notice 2020-23, the IRS determined that any person (i.e...

Breaking Tax News - IRS Extends April 15 Payment and Filing Due Date For Gift Taxes Because of COVID-19 Emergency
Haynes and Boone, March 2020

Breaking Tax News - IRS Extends April 15 Payment and Filing Due Date For Gift Taxes Because of COVID-19 Emergency 03/29/2020 Authored by: Jennifer R. Lan,John M. Collins,Jamie L. Carter,J. Mitchell Miller The IRS issued Notice 2020-20 on March 27, 2020, thereby superseding certain provisions of Notice 2020-18 related to filing and paying gift taxes (see our prior coverage here)...

Blogs

Haynes and Boone Blogs
Haynes and Boone 

Haynes and Boone Blogs includes the Firm Blog, IP Beacon: Patent Law Review, Practical Benefits Lawyer, Texas Insurance Academy and The Dec Sheet-Insurance Law

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