Of course it’s a good idea for parents to talk with their children about money from an early age… But it’s never too late to start… if you didn’t start early. First, you need to be clear what the money means to you and what its purpose is. You also should know what’s important to […]
Estate planning isn’t “all about the money.” At least, it’s not if you want the plan to be successful. Likewise, I’ve said for years that estate planning isn’t all about taxes. Truth is, you need an estate plan even when the estate isn’t likely to be hit with federal estate taxes. You also need to […]
Identity theft continues to grow, and your Social Security benefits are a favorite target of the identity thieves. After the thieves obtain your Social Security number and other personal information, they apply for benefits in your name (if you aren’t already receiving benefits)… and then have the money deposited in their own accounts. If you’re […]
What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.
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I greatly enjoy your Retirement Watch newsletter. Over these many years I have gleaned several helpful estate and investing suggestions with the most recent one being in your July, 2017 edition.
My little estate is nearing the $5.5M valuation, and I read on page 2 your suggestion that such size estates may want to consider stepping up their early gifting so as to possibly avoid any estate tax law changes.
That suggestion struck a chord, and so I have just completed a $227,000 (5% of my estate) early gifting program for 27 family and friends. With my successor trustee’s approval, that represents a potential $100,000 in avoided estate taxes at the 40% rate.
God and the economy willing, I expect to recoup that gifted amount within the next 36 months, and depending upon future estate tax laws, I hope to gift another $500,000 when I reach the $6M threshold.
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